Julie Crowder holds master’s degree in art education and teaches art at Fox Elementary School. She believes art can’t be contained in the classroom so she reaches into the community to create interactive experiences for her students. In February, Julie inspired an city-wide outpouring of hometown love with her project, RVA Valentines: Love Letter to Our City, which she launched on Facebook. She shares her art adventures with students on her daily blog, fromtheartroom.wordpress.com... Read More t

Piano iconoclast ELEW is a modern day pop artist and musical revolutionary making an impression on the music world with a thunderous new style of playing – an inspired melding of ragtime, rock and pop that he calls Rockjazz. He has captivated thousands at some of the biggest stadiums in the United States: just him, a grand piano, and his trademark armor. At TEDx RVA, he will share his blistering renditions of infectious rock and pop anthems by Coldplay, The Killers, Nirvana, and more with his relentless innovation and disregard for the musical status quo... Read More t

James Walker believes design influences the way we interact within our physical spaces, whether we’re outside or in. An MFA student in VCU’s Visual Communication and Design program, James is a native of rural southern Illinois and earned a degree in graphic design at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. His most recent design project, Dead Bicycles, was developed to stimulate social interaction and local awareness. .. Read More t