Hey, PKN Detroiters!

PechaKucha Night Detroit is holding our first ever PechaKucha MORNING, in partnership with the national AIA Committee on Architecture for Education Conference!

The conference will open its doors FREE to the public for its entire Saturday April 18th session, including PechaKucha and a panel discussion, both on topics relating to creative education and inspiring places for learning. Stories from around the country! Not to be missed!

Schedule - All events held in the Atrium at Wayne County Community College, 1001 W Fort St., Detroit
8:30 Welcome
9:00 PechaKucha Presentations x 8
10:30 Panel Discussion
12:30 Closing Remarks

PechaKucha Presenters
John Abela (MI)
Gaylaird Christopher (CA) 
Edward Orlowski (MI)
John Noble + Jeff Parker (OH)
Laura Roberts (MI)
Lennie Scott-Webber (MI) 
Travis Willson (MO)
Michael Styczynski + Michael Hopkins (MI)

Steve Henderson, Detroit Free Press; moderator
Dr. William Skilling - Superintendent, Oxford Community Schools
Dr, Karen Ridgeway - Superintendent, DPS
Dr. Curt Lewis - Principal, Henry Ford Academy
Kristin McDonald - VP, Skillman Foundation

To register for the full conference

Join us for our first ever PechaKucha MORNING!

PechaKucha Night Detroit is teaming up with the national AIA Committee on Architecture for Education Spring Conference to offer a morning of inspiring stories and dialogue about education, inspiring spaces for learning, and the rejuvenation of the City of Detroit.

The CALL for PRESENTATIONS is open now, and we're accepting submissions until March 6th.

The FREE morning will include a welcome from conference organizers, 8 PechaKucha presentations, and a panel discussion.  Panel participants to be announced soon - stay tuned!

Hey, PKN Detroit-ers: We're looking for SUSTAINABLE stories for our Small Business Saturday event at the Fisher Building! 

If you or someone you know fits the bill, send us your name, contact info, and a few words or pictures about your work so we can connect about the opportunity -- (

5:00 General sustainability dialogue

7:00 PechaKucha Presentations


Terri Vruggink

An amazing message from photographer Terri Vruggink:

I am taking advantage of an opportunity to help raise funds for Haiti. There is an amazing group of people running PechaKucha and I have agreed to be a presenter in Detroit this Saturday!!! I am excited but also at a complete loss. Please understand- I have never been a public speaker, I hardly know what to say. The thing is, in this I am speaking for the people who do not have the voice to speak for themselves right now, and this is my calling. Of that I am sure. It was no mistake that I was there when the Earthquake happened, I have never doubted the trip- not even when we wondered if we would make it home. Haiti is on my mind daily and it is up to me to help spread the word of how to help. It is also up to you. My dear friend Theo said this to me when I returned from Africa, and was voicing my frustration with not being able to help enough. “Terri- Africa is a crisis, and you do what you would do in any crisis~ you do what you can“ My friends, Haiti is a crisis. Do what you can.

My Haiti photo gallery link HERE

“there but for the grace of God, go absolutely ANY of us Terri”~ A gentleman I sat next to on the plane back to the states…

PKN Detroit + Haiti

Detroit's "Global PechaKucha Night for Haiti" event on the 20th will take place at the Marlene Boll Theatre, kicking off at a very PechaKucha time of 20:20.

Poster for PKN Detroit Vol. 6

PechaKucha Night returns to Detroit in two weeks (November 24) for a sixth edition, this time taking place at the Detroit Institute of Art.

Myett Risker

As Detroit starts prepping for PechaKucha Night Vol. 5 -- the venue and date have yet to be determined -- the Detroit Make it Here website has put up profiles of all the presenters from Vol. 4, and you can also download PDFs with all of the images from the presentations.

Above, an image from photograher Myett Risker's presentation, featuring the demolition of Tiger Stadium.

PKN Detroit Vol. 3 I think we can safely say that PechaKucha Night Vol. 3 in Detroit rocked the Hard Rock Cafe, based on the following photographic evidence.