Welcome to the inaugural TEDxCollegePark at the University of Maryland’s Smith Performing Arts Center which will bring in thinkers and doers from all across the globe to Maryland this year.

Our theme is GET OUTside and the event will present a day full of entertainment, ideas and stories that push you to “GET OUTside” physically to appreciate the benefits of being connected outdoors as well as metaphorically to get out of your current mindsets, comfort zones, us versus them mentality and stereotypes.

Schedule of events:

8:00am Breakfast

Family Concert: Peter and the Wolf

In this family-friendly performance, members of the National Orchestral Institute perform Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and give their own imaginative musical interpretations of beloved children’s books.


The Mock Turtle Reading Series

The Mock Turtle is a monthly reading series hosted by students from the University of Maryland’s MFA Program in Creative Writing where current MFA students and alums from UMD, as well as students from DMV-area MFA programs, can share their writing with their peers and the public. The series aims to create a sense of community among writers and lovers of literature.

The March 31 event will feature the following writers:


Showing of Jim Henson: Commercials & Experiments

Presented in conjunction with The Jim Henson Legacy, this mind-blowing collection of shorts, crazy commercials, and other rarities from the Henson vault was one of The Jim Henson Legacy's first compilation screenings, and now, it's even better -- remastered in definition from original film elements and revised with newly discovered materials -- some of which has not been seen in 50 years. Highlights include excerpts from experimental TV programs The Cube and Youth '68, and Time Piece, the 8-minute Oscar-nominated experimental masterpiece directed by (and starring) Jim Henson himself.

Open Masterclass with Jennifer Ross

Violinist Jennifer Ross has enjoyed a full and varied career as an orchestra player, chamber musician, soloist, and teacher. She has held the position of Principal Second Violin of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 1999, touring and recording extensively, and performing as soloist. Ms. Ross graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with the late Szymon Goldberg. Her career began at the age of 19 as Associate Concertmaster of the Honolulu Symphony.


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