A word about Performances…
You might be wondering why there would be performances at a TEDx event or TEDx Fort Wayne. It is mainly because there is nothing here done without a reason or to make a person think. The fact that the talent on display today was stellar – and local – does not hurt either. The arts don’t just unify a community at all levels, but they bring us together and make us thing and appreciate the spaces and times when we don’t experience them.
In the morning session, attendees were treated to Fernando Tarango who sung “Ave Maria” well enough to make you stop engaging in small talk or whatever electronic distraction you had in your hand just take in the music. This afternoon before the last talks occurred, dance.Kontemporary performed. Please note that this writer knows and understands as much about modern dance as he does quantum mechanics. The fact that I could watch and appreciate the grace, talent and story these dancers brought to the fore is a testament to their talent and passion far beyond any words I could conjure to describe it. Post talks, the Wickersham Brothers are performing.
So why? Because this event, just as life, is an experience. Few of us can think of an experience, or a life, where some facet of the arts is not involved. Part of igniting change is also being self-aware enough to know what real talents are held by our neighbors and lie within the friendly confines of our hometown, a place that is so comfortable that we often take it and the people who make this place hometown, for granted.
So we listened, and watched and slowed down enough to enjoy the performances. Even if you could not be here, this is the best take away: Cut yourself a break. Stop look and listen to what’s around you and the people bringing you art, be it visual, musical, dance or theatre. You’ll be more than surprised. You’ll be amazed. And probably, happy too.