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TEDxSantaMonica Brian McCarty War, Art Therapy, and Toys

Brian McCarty is a Los Angeles based artist and "toy photographer" currently working on an innovative project in conflict zones across the globe. Recently featured on, his WAR-TOYS project uses principles of art and play therapy to collaboratively articulate children's firsthand accounts of war, occupation, and terrorism.Brian's previous work has been exhibited internationally and earned notable praise from such places as The New York Times, The Telegraph UK, L?Uomo, Vogue, ABC World News, and Hi Fructose Magazine. In addition to spending nearly four years in-house at Mattel Toys, McCarty?s commercial portfolio includes commissioned work for Disney, MTV, Hasbro, Rockstar Games, Kidrobot, and Cartoon Network.About TEDx, x = independently organized eventIn the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
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