The main stage for TEDxMcAllen to be designed by renowned Decorative Arts figure Carla Pierantozzi

McAllen, TX:
The 2015 Board of organizers for TEDxMcAllen are pleased to announce that after an open call for stage design proposals, the centerpiece of TEDxMcAllen 2015 event will be designed by local and international decorative arts consultant Carla Pierantozzi. A graduate of Universidad de Buenos Aires, (UBA) in  Buenos Aires, Argentina,  Ms. Pierantozzi operates a design and consulting firm in Monterrey, Mexico and McAllen, Texas USA.

The theme of “Breaking Borders” will be reflected visually using a number of elements designed to evoke emotion, thought, and inspiration, while paying tribute to our area and showcasing each speaker individually.

“We are delighted to be working with Ms. Pierantozzi on the stage and set design. This element is quite literally at the center of our event so we needed to make sure that we had something that reflected our diverse culture and our vision for breaking borders, while not distracting the audience from the passionate speakers that will be featured. We feel that this design not only accomplishes those goals but will be instrumental in keeping our theme current and in perspective, literally and figuratively, throughout the event” said Lucas Martinez-Salas, Event Production Coordinator for TEDxMcAllen.

TEDxMcAllen is an independently organized event licensed by TED.  The event strives to hold the ideals and maintain the quality that you would find at a TED event. The audience will be a sought after group of highly influential members of the greater McAllen community who are open to new ideas.  

The theme of the 2015 event is Breaking Borders. Though we regularly discuss our relation to the physical border with Mexico, a greater metaphoric border exists. The goal of TEDxMcAllen is to expose those borders — commercial, technological, cultural — and highlight ideas that help us push past them.

An open RFP process was made publicly available via online channels to any and all stage and set designers from the surrounding area, encouraging them to submit and be a part of TEDxMcAllen. “The goal was to be as inclusive as possible. We wanted to make sure we gave everyone we could a shot at this” noted Drew Lentz, Curator and Licensee for the event. “Open submissions allowed us to put a personal touch on the event and really give the community ownership over it.”

That effort of community ownership included the open call for speakers, where nominations for local ideas could be submitted for anyone in the area to the TEDxMcAllen website, and now the ticket applications to be an attendee of the event.

TEDxMcAllen is set to take place Tuesday, October 6th. For updated and current venue and ticket information, please visit or email

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