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Gearing Up For TEDX Grandview Ave 2014 [A Checklist]

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by Joe Vennare, Storyteller


What are you doing on April 26th, 2014?

Think about it.

Are you getting married? Will you be out of the country? Are you the guest of honor or headliner at a banquet of some sort?

No, you say! We’ll then, mark your calendar. You’re not going to want to miss what we have planned for you, Pittsburgh.

1. Check us out – Are you wondering what we’re all about? What we’ve been up to? What you can expect from us? No need to wonder, just keep reading. I’ll keep it short. Promise.

On April 26th we’ll open the doors to the New Hazlett theater. The audience (maybe you!) will take their seats. Then, the ideas and people moving Pittsburgh forward will take center stage. It’s not simply an event, it’s an experience intended to inspire and inform our city and its people.

2. Meet the team – The TEDxGrandviewAve team is working hard to create an event unlike any other in the Burgh. We’re a young, bootstrapping group of creatives and entrepreneurs. We love being inspired and inspiring others. Most of all, we love Pittsburgh. Take a minute to read our bios. And feel free to connect with us.

3. Go back in time – Did you know we had our first TEDxGVA event last year? It was amazing! See for yourself. Last year’s speakers and their presentations are featured on our website.

4. Show your support – If you like what you’re up to and want to get involved we’d love to get you input. Join the Community Board. Volunteer on the day of the event. Become a sponsor. Or, email us and tell us how you’d like to help.

5. Stay tuned – I know what you’re thinking, I wish it was April too! But, there’s still some time between now and the event. We should definitely stay in touch till then. Let’s connect on Facebook and Twitter. This way you won’t miss the huge announcements we’re going to me in the weeks to come. Like who the speakers are and when tickets go on sale. Kind of important, I now.

Our Future Takes Center Stage

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by Joe Vennare, Storyteller

New Hazlett Theater

The story of starting again is one that we Pittsburghers are familiar with. A narrative that we know all too well. One that, dare I say, we’ve come to embrace.

The steel boom that built our city could just as easily brought us down when it went bust. But, instead of breaking we came together, like carbon and iron. We formed an alloy capable of withstanding the elements. One that would come to define the revival by the rivers.

The results of this restart, of this revival can be seen all across this city. There’s a touch of resilience at every turn. A palpable history and sense of brilliance that are redefining our direction.

The Same Story, a New Narrative

At TEDxGrandviewAve we’ve made it our mission to showcase the people and ideas that are playing a pivotal role in this restart. So, on April 26, 2014 that’s exactly what we plan to do. When the speakers take the stage at the New Hazlett Theater their ideas will be added those thoughts capable of setting a new course. Preserving the past while preparing for the future.

Which is to be expected, given the restart story of Pittsburgh that we know. But, so fitting given the resilience of the New Hazlett that might be overlooked.

The History of the New Hazlett


In recent years Pittsburgh has become home to a number startup spaces and business accelerators. During that same time, the New Hazlett has served as an incubator for the arts. It’s history mirrors that of the city it resides in.

History – Thanks to Andrew Carnegie, the New Hazlett was built in 1889. Originally it was the Carnegie Free Public Library and Music Hall – the first of it’s kind. Later, in 1980 the Public Library and Music Hall was renamed in honor of Theodore L. Hazlett Jr, a civic leader who supported the arts and worked to rid the city of smog.

Resilience – When the hall was threatened by demolition in 1967, the community stepped up (as we’ve been known to do) to secure the necessary funding for a renovation.

Defining the future – Flashforward to the present day and this nonprofit theater continues to thrive and as an active component of PIttsburgh’s arts community.

And on April 26, 2014 the New Hazlett will play host to a performance that encompasses the arts, but doesn’t stop there. We’ll explore technology and education, creativity and innovation as we engineer the businesses, relationships and communities as we continue to redefine Pittsburgh.