Press Release for PreXFenway, a Live TEDxFenway Audition Event, Presented by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and The Fenway Alliance

Boston, MA  (March 11, 2014)— The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and The Fenway Alliance announced today that they will co-host PreXFenway, a first of its kind event to determine the final two speaker placements for TEDxFenway. The event, which will be held Monday March 31, 2014 at the Gardner Museum’s Calderwood Hall, will feature finalists vying for two speaking roles at TEDxFenway:GRIT on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at the Landmark Center.

“TED and TEDx events have long been associated with iconic mavericks spreading ideas that have or may soon change the world. What better place than the Isabella Stewart Museum, the home of one of last century’s most daring women whose ideas embodied in the Museum are still changing how we view art and artists from around the world,” enthused Kelly Brilliant, Exec. Director of The Fenway Alliance—a 22-member consortium comprised of cultural and academic institutions in the Fenway, including the ISGM.

The unique live audition will feature finalists chosen from an open call for submissions. Each will present an eight-minute talk on the role of grit in shaping their life philosophy, leading to a novel idea, and in the spirit of TED, one that is worth spreading. A panel of judges including Lesley Pitts, executive manager and president of The Mary Baker Eddy Library; Boston Globe Writer, Chris Muther; and a political leader will select two winners of PreXFenway to move on to speak at the official TEDxFenway: GRIT.

TEDxFenway is currently accepting applications and video submissions for PreXFenway through Friday, March 14.  For more information and submission guidelines, please visit

To register to attend PreXFenway, RSVP details are available here: PreXFenway RSVP

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 280 The Fenway  Boston MA 02115  Tue.-Sun., 11 am-5 pm admission: Adults $15; Seniors $12; Students $5; Free for members, children under 18, everyone on his/her birthday, and all named “Isabella”$2 off admission with a same-day Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Info Line:617.566.1401 •  Box Office: 617.278.5156  • Modeled after a 15th-century Venetian palazzo surrounding a courtyard garden, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum houses one of the most remarkable art collections in the world, featuring works by Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Raphael, Degas, and Sargent, as well as changing contemporary and historic exhibitions, classical concerts, lectures and special events. In January of 2012, the Museum opened a new wing by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano.

The Fenway Alliance

The Fenway Alliance, a consortium of 22 nationally and internationally renowned cultural and academic institutions located in the Fenway, defines the best of arts, culture, education, and research in Boston and beyond. The goal of the Alliance is to enhance the District, creating a 5-mile area in the City of Boston that remains and grows in its uniquely rich academic and cultural offerings, and its beautiful parklands and green spaces.  We create and sustain the Fenway Cultural District, and provide the highest quality intellectual, social and cultural opportunities for individuals and families throughout the region. To find out more, please visit our homepage:


TEDxFenway: GRIT, presented by The Fenway Alliance and Samuels & Associates, will be held on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at the historic Landmark Center located in the Fenway. 11 speakers, plus two PreXFenway winners, will share their ideas on topics ranging from building a youth orchestra from the ground up, to the role of the hormone grehlin on stress, and how it can be reduced pharmaceutically to help mitigate several forms of mental health issues.

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About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, NandanNilekani, Philippe Starck, NgoziOkonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Long Beach, California, along with the TEDActive simulcast in Palm Springs; the annual TEDGlobal conference is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

TED’s media initiatives include, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, the recently launched TED-Ed platform for students and educators, the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide, and TEDBooks, short e-books by speakers that elaborate on a single idea originally presented on TED’s stage. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. Follow TED on Twitter or on Facebook.


Kelly Brilliant, Executive Director  (617) 437-7544

Mina Kim, Assistant Director      (617) 437-7544

Michael Busack, Media Relations Manager, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (617) 278-5107