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TED Talks that inspire and expand

  • Why art is essential to democracy

    Art invites viewers into perspectives and ways of life different from their own– and with that, helps foster a sense of empathy required for democracy. Learn about the creative avenues art takes in giving power to the people.

  • Using Art History to examine contemporary issues

    Art invites us to observe and reflect upon the human condition in our modern times through the lens of art history

  • Extraordinary larger than life art

    These artists transcend imagination and poignant world views into monumental and magnificent works of art.

  • How art shapes conversation

    Powerful art makes people think and talk about history, race, socioeconomics and more

  • Seeing Sound and Hearing Color

    Keep your ears and eyes wide open for several different ways you can interact with sound and color

  • Powerful activism

    Art that does not just grab your attention, but sends a message, makes a statement and resonates

  • Most Popular Talks

    A mother and son united by love and art – Deb Willis and Hank Willis Thomas. See more of the most popular talks here.

  • Be Inspired

    Ignite your inner creative with these mesmerizing, colorful and sometimes curious talks about the world of art and the artists who make it.

  • Swizz Beatz

    Swizz Beatz talks about supporting living artists.

  • Thelma Golden

    Thelma Golden talks about How art gives shape to culture.

  • Opal Tometis

    Opal Tometis interview with the Founders of Black Lives Matter.

  • Sandford Biggers

    Sandford Biggers talks about his unflinching look at racial violence

  • Theaster Gates

    How to revive a neighborhood: with imagination, beauty and art

  • An artist’s unflinching look at racial violence

    Conceptual artist and TED Fellow Sanford Biggers uses painting, sculpture, video and performance to spark challenging conversations about the history and trauma of black America. Join him as he details two compelling works and shares the motivation behind his art. “Only through more thoughtful dialogue about history and race can we evolve as individuals and society,” Biggers says.

  • An artist’s counterpoint to black masculinity and identity stereotypes

    Interdisciplinary artist and scholar Fahamu Pecou uses paintings, video, music and performance to create broader depictions of black masculinity and identity than those found in pop-culture and other contemporary representation. He is a recipient of the 2016 Joan Mitchell Foundation “Painters and Sculptors” Award.