Architect, urbanist, and TED speaker Teddy Cruz, known for his ongoing work around the “geography of conflict,” will present a guest lecture at The Art of Conflict, a special TEDxPhiladelphia Adventures event presented in conjunction with The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program's citywide exhibition Open Source: Engaging Audiences in Public Space – taking place in October.

The TEDxPhiladelphia Adventures series of talks, walks and tours go deeper into the concepts introduced through our talks and feature past and present TED and TEDx speakers and special guests.

The guest lecture by Teddy Cruz will be followed by short talks from two Open Source artists whose projects deal with issues of socioeconomic conflict in urban areas: Jennie Shanker and Michelle Angela Ortiz.

Sabrina Vourvoulias, Managing Editor of AL DÍA News Media, will moderate a follow-up conversation between all three speakers.

This event is FREE and open to the public. No RSVP required.

To learn more about all of the Mural Arts Program’s Open Source events, such as tours and other interactive programs, visit and follow #OpenSourcePHL on Instagram and Twitter.


Suggested Viewing

Watch Teddy Cruz’s TED talk

In this TED talk, Teddy Cruz urges us to rethink urban growth.


Go Inside Open Source in 15 Seconds

For her Open Source project, Jennie Shanker has created a mural at 10th & Norris Streets that will serve as a marker to remind people of the soon-to-be-demolished Norris Homes in North Philadelphia.

Michelle Angela Ortiz will create a series of stenciled portraits and phrases derived from interviews with immigrants living in Philadelphia, specifically those who that have been directly affected by deportation.

Read more about Jennie Shanker and Michelle Angela Ortiz‘s Open Source projects.

TEDxPhiladelphia Adventures

TEDxPhiladelphia Adventures go beyond the single-day conference format and offer a platform the community to interface with TEDx speakers and innovators throughout the year. Adventure organizers and participants go deeper into the concepts introduced through our talks, providing up-close-and-personal contact with speakers and ideas, in a format that encourages discussion and learning.

All programs are open to the public. Capacity is limited.

Open Source: Engaging Audiences in Public Space

The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program has partnered with TEDxPhiladelphia to present The Art of Conflict as part of Mural Arts’ citywide exhibition Open Source: Engaging Audiences in Public Space – taking place in October. Open Source is a groundbreaking outdoor exhibition of temporary, site-specific artworks that explore and illuminate Philadelphia’s diverse urban identity, curated by Pedro Alonzo.

City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program is the nation’s largest public art program, dedicated to the belief that art ignites change. For 30 years, Mural Arts has united artists and communities through a collaborative process, rooted in the traditions of mural-making, to create art that transforms public spaces and individual lives. Mural Arts engages communities in 50–100 public art projects each year, and maintains its growing collection through a restoration initiative. Core Mural Arts programs such as Art Education, Restorative Justice, and Porch Light yield unique, project-based learning opportunities for thousands of youth and adults. Each year, 12,000 residents and visitors tour Mural Arts’ outdoor art gallery, which has become part of the city’s civic landscape and a source of pride and inspiration, earning Philadelphia international recognition as the “City of Murals.” For further information, call 215-685-0750 or visit Follow along on social media: @muralarts on Twitter and Instagram and phillymuralarts on YouTube, and MuralArtsPhiladelphia on Facebook.

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