PKN Cleveland in the News

Cleveland's latest PechaKucha Night gets some coverage from the local NBC affiliate, which you can watch online here.

What would you do if the one you loved was diagnosed with cancer?

When photographer Angelo Meredino's wife was diagnosed with cancer, he did what he does best: capture her story through the lens of his camera.

In "The Battle We Didn't Choose" from PKN Cleveland Vol. 22, hear Angelo's simultaneously heart-breaking and amazing story, and his thought-provoking approach to life and love. 

Ladies and gentlemen, what you are witnessing is the beginning of the end of the greatest economic machine that the world has ever seen: America.

Enigmatic artist Seph Lawless uses his photographs to capture the abandoned, neglected areas of America as a metaphor for our decaying society. In "Autopsy of America" from PKN Cleveland Vol. 21, we see that by transforming social media into a social movement, Seph hopes that his work will spark political debate and constructive dialogue.

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We hope that you were able to make it out to PechaKucha Night Cleveland - Volume 21, which took place last Friday evening at the citadel of free speech, The City Club of Cleveland. It was a yet another truly magical evening here in Cleveland listening to amazing, creative and inspiring stories.

As many have noticed, space was fairly limited at about 450 people, and we needed to distribute tickets via our Facebook page(still FREE:) to make sure we did not take the venue beyond their capacity. If you were not able to make it out, have no fear, we video taped the entire evening and are planning on posting those presentations as soon as we can process them. A special thanks goes out to Dan Moulthrop, Carrie Miller and everyone at The City Club of Cleveland for making that such an amazing partnership and evening. We are looking forward to partnering with them on many events in the future.

Also, if you did not have a chance to make it out, or you did and just can't get enough inspiration, you have another opportunity TONIGHT to be inspired. The event titled "DesignDiversity - Powered by PechaKucha" takes place at Take 5 in downtown Cleveland. The event doors open with a Happy Hour from 7-8pm and the presentations will start at 8pm. The presenter list is pretty amazing and features 5 African American creative professions and will be emcee'd by Jennifer Coleman. Presenters include:

Terran Washington Designer, Little Jacket Michele Crawford Intern Architect, Robert P. Madison International Jason Russell City Planner, City of Lakewood Diane Davis-Sikora Associate Professor, Kent State University College of Architecture & Environmental Design Arlene Watson Principal and Creative Director, Möbius Grey LLC

Event Details:

We hope you can make it out to the first "Powered by PechaKucha" event in downtown Cleveland. We are going to be working hard throughout 2014 to not only bring you GREAT PechaKucha Night events, but we are going to be aggressively working with various organizations to fill the calendar with Powered by PechaKucha opportunities in between. What is "Powered by PechaKucha" you ask? Powered X PKN events are one-off events that are separate from regular city-based PechaKucha Nights, but still utilize the 20 images x 20 seconds format. The events will be completely organized by other organizations and oftentimes have very different focuses, but PKNCLE is going to do what it can to support each event it can to help everyone tell their creative stories.

If you are interested in hosting a "Powered by PechaKucha" event, please email us at and we will definitely reach out to talk about the process.

Cheers to an amazing, inspiring and creativity filled 2014!

-PKN Cleveland Creative Team

Michael Christoff Raseem Parker Aseem Garg Emily Bacha Trent Boerner Heather Lenz David Purpera

Whoever said, "If you're board then you're boring" must not have seen these stunning cardboard works.

In today's Presentation of the Day, "Salutation to Corrugation" from PKN Cleveland Vol. 9, we hear from artist Mark Langan who, one day received a large amount of corrugated cardboard boxes from his neighbors, and decided to do something amazing with them.

His three-dimensional works are composed entirely of recycleable material, and have become popular among eco-friendly movers and shakers.

PKN Cleveland in the News

PKN Cleveland gets some nice coverage following its latest event, Vol. 20, held this past Friday.

The Cleveland Museum of Art's "MIX:Muse" program boasts "something different every month." Last night's collaboration with the fine folks PechaKucha Night Cleveland elevated both programs to a whole other level.

The packed museum Atrium only began to tell the story.

Dubbed "an evening of art, discussion and cocktails," it was far more than your average mixer. Mix:Muse took on a dizzying view of what Cleveland's present and future is and will be.

Read the full article here. has a rundown of PKN Cleveland's upcoming, momentous Vol. 20 evening. Cleveland's organizer Michael Christoff was interviewed about PechaKucha, here's what he had to say:

"It's really the only event that I know of in the city where the director of Cleveland Metroparks can speak and get same amount of time that an artist no one has ever heard does ... That leveling of the playing the field — and the equitable opportunity for a presenter to impress people with what they're passionate about — is pretty compelling."

PKN Cleveland Vol. 20 will be held this coming Friday, October 4th at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Find the full rendition of this article online here.

Yet another month has come and gone, autumn is upon us, and once again a few fresh bottles of cold, creamy presentations sit on your doorstep.

Here are the Top 5 Presentations of the Day for the month of September 2013: 

"On Clouds" by Mark Petrick.

"From Batman to Lincoln" by Christy Spurlock.

"Because I Said I Would" by Alex Sheen.

"The Beauty of the Derelict" by Eric Pattison.

"Silent Dinner Parties" by Honi Ryan.

(photo courtsey of the Cleveland Museum of Art)

On this coming Friday, October 4th, the 20th PechaKucha Night Cleveland is going to take over the Atrium of the Cleveland Museum of Art as we join MIX:Muse for a Friday evening of art, discussion and cocktails! Four reasons you don’t want to miss this event:

  1. PechaKucha is going to be amazing in the beautiful new atrium of the Cleveland Museum of Art as we project directly on the recently renovated 1916 building.
  2. Everyone else you know is going to be there. With over 1,250 people typically attending the monthly MIXatCMA event and the normal 500-700 crowd at PechaKucha, this is not going to be the event you want to miss.
  3. Tickets to get in are only $8! It has never been more affordable to see the world renowned special exhibition Sicily: the Art of Invention
  4. The slate of PechaKucha Night presenters is amazing.

At PKN-Volume 20, you will hear Mark Krieger speak about his incredibly ambitious art project, the Children of Honduras; Tom Nix from Cleveland Whiskey will give some insight into his passion for Whiskey and his revolutionary idea that could  change the process of distilling - forever; Mark Reigelman, who more of you know than probably realize, will talk about his passion for remarkable, site specific public art; master storyteller Mansfield Frazier leave us wanting more as talks about urban redevelopment, job creation and the fight against recidivism and incarceration; swing dance extraordinaire Valerie Salstrom will enlighten the crowd not only with a remarkable presentation, but also short demonstration by her 14 year old international dance competition winning student duo; Tony Hughes will discuss the relationship between technology and invention and his desire to – from right here in Cleveland - revolutionize the way people create…well…everything; Jack Ricchuito will illuminate the why, what and how of happiness; we will hear from CMA European Art Assistant Curator Cory Korkow and also none other than the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Director, David Franklin; Cleveland Metroparks Executive Director Brian Zimmerman will surely WOW us all with his passion for the most beautiful park system in Ohio; and to top it all off, Leslie Friend is going to discuss her passion for aerial acrobatics and then demonstrate the Cirque del Soleil style performances she loves.

The Cleveland Museum of Art will open its doors at 5:00pm and the PechaKucha Night Cleveland presentations will begin PROMPTLY at 7:00pm. You do need tickets. Purchase them prior to the day of the event for $8 here:

You can also purchase tickets at the door for $10.

"You can pretend to care, but you can't pretend to show up."

In today's Presentation of the Day, "Because I Said I Would" from PKN Cleveland Vol. 18, founder of social movement "Because I Said I Would" Alex Sheen is focused on the importance of keeping promises.

He has used his movement -- which has people write their promise on a card -- as a means to help people stick to their affirmations and, just like the George L. Bell quote above, follow through with action.


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