Anything worth saying can be said in 18 minutes or less. That’s the thought behind TED, a national nonprofit organization devoted to sharing ideas worth spreading that began nearly 30 years ago.
In 2009, locally driven offshoots — referred to as TEDx — started popping up all over the country, and now, there are an average of seven TEDx events that happen every day around the world, held anywhere from Brazilian soccer stadiums to small classrooms.
Louisville is playing host to one such event, which is going by the name of TEDxTylerPark, on Tuesday, July 10, at the new AC Hotel in NuLu. It’ll run all day long from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and feature 15 speakers, plus interactive experiences and art shows. A limited number of tickets can be purchased at the door.
TEDxTylerPark has been organized by community activist Jabril Goodner and Eric Gurevich, director of communications and engagement for the Fund for the Arts. And while the theme is “Fusion,” the idea is to elevate the community and create a catalyst for a positive, culture shift.
“We wanted to create an event that captures diverse thoughts and opinions and bring everyone together to listen and learn — not only from the speakers, but from each other as well,” Gurevich tells Insider. “TED Talks have always been a passion of mine — I would binge on them in college.”
The list of speakers is diverse in race, sex and background — a goal of most TED events. From New Roots board member and Canopy operations manager Colleen Reilly and Antonio Melo, founder of Humana’s Digital Experience Center, to musician and educator Jecorey “1200” Arthur, the talks are guaranteed to be informative, inspirational and innovative.
“One of the coolest things I’ve really enjoyed about it is the diversity of speakers,” says Gurevich. “We wanted to make sure there was something for everyone. And it really taps into this idea of fusion, which is our theme. Fusion is specific enough, but it can be taken in a thousand different directions.”
Gurevich and Goodner originally planned to hold the event in Tyler Park, but with the variable weather in July and the cost of renting tents, they decided to relocate it to NuLu but keep the spirit of the Highlands gathering space.
Not only is Tyler Park welcoming and inviting, it also was the first location for the Forecastle Festival, and Hunter S. Thompson grew up not far from there, Gurevich adds.
One session he’s most looking forward to is the Q&A with Arthur, which Gurevich will help lead. He says it’s part presentation and part performance, as Arthur will bring an antique marimba with him and talk about the fusion between the classical music he grew up with and hip-hop music.
“I’m really excited to interrogate him, really push him on what compels him to create,” says Gurevich.
The full list of speakers includes those mentioned above as well as Yamilca Rodriguez, Clay Cook, Kevlen Goodner, Madison Ewing, Oremeyi Kareem, Nemo Achida, Israel Cuenca, Ramona Lindsey, Darrick Wood, Shimar Keith, Scott Koloms, and Justice Naim.
AC Hotel is located at 727 E. Market St.