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TEDxFactory798-Megan and KC Connolly-Bring Together Art&People

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience, in the spirit of ideas worth spreading, where x=independently organized TED event. "Factory 798", also known as 798 Art Zone in North-East Beijing, is the largest and most influential art district in China that houses a thriving artist community and hosts world-class international and Chinese exhibits. It is where the event host UCCA is located. However, "Factory 798" stands far more than a place name. "Factory" being the core originator and catalyst of the modern world stands for growth, innovation and change. The three digit number "798" symbolizes the country's cutting edge art movement led by a new generation of change makers. "Factory 798" has been embracing the most original ideas in the burgeoning country. The sisters Megan and KC Vienna Connolly are co-founders of ChART Contemporary, a Beijing based curatorial lab dedicated to bringing together art & people. Founded in 2008, their overarching goal is to establish cultural bridges between the East and West through programs and activities that promote contemporary art and culture. Both native New Yorkers, Megan Connolly-a contemporary Chinese art specialist-and KC Vienna Connolly-a trained sculptor and art educator-have over a decade of experience working between China, Hong Kong and the United States. On the ground and plugged into China's booming contemporary art scene, they organize activities and offer services that educate, stimulate and cultivate a passion and deeper understanding of contemporary art. In essence they are cultural producers fulfilling a global need by creating an open platform for artistic expression through research, education and curatorial integrity. They have been featured in numerous publications including ARTInfo, Yishu and Orientations; the leading magazine for collectors and connoisseurs of Asian art. Recently they were written about in the globally known Australian art magazine Artist Profile as some of the most influential and cutting edge curators in contemporary Asia.
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