"One of the side-effects of inflatable suits is children running after you."

In Trials and Tribulations of Inflatable Suits from Cleveland Vol. 25Jimmy Parks II shares some of the hilarity that accompanies "Inflatable Suitable Performance." Parks makes enormous inflatable costumes which he travels the world over with, exhibits them in guerrilla fashion, much to the publics dismay and wonder, occasionally having to beg for forgiveness from various authorities. Come and enjoy this offbeat presentation! 

When asked "Why did you want to take my photo"

"Simply being yourself in this moment without any effort at all, you're just being you, and that's beautiful."

In The World Around Me from Cleveland Vol. 25, photographer Frank Lanza offers his insights on experiencing authenticity though making photos of people. He proposes how not just stories, sights, and sounds are conveyed through photos, but also feelings and how those feeling can help us better understand and connect to the world around us.

“If you give a man a mustache, he’s going to want an accordion.”

Designer and self-dubbed Renaissance Man Jason Tilk will do anything for a laugh. In “Find Your Mustache” from PKN Cleveland Vol. 23 Jason speaks about his opportunities designing electrocardiograms, ATMs for medicine, and his life performing in vaudeville and circuses.

“The space of the Global Rainbow is inclusive…it is reflective and meditative.”

Artist Yvette Mattern speaks on “The Global Rainbow”, a large-scale ongoing public artwork. In “Rainbow Seen Round the World” from PKN Cleveland Vol. 23 Yvette tells us of the responses her work has elicited.

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.

Design Diversity - Powered by PechaKucha

Powered by PechaKucha


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 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.



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