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Featured Presentation

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Maya Sanchez

Mayor / Director of Account Planning, City of San Elizario / Ghostlight Creative in San Elizario

The honorable Mayor of the City of San Elizario, Maya Sanchez tells the story of a group of determined individuals worked tirelessly to save their community by creating a new city in 2013. As president of this group, it was assumed that Maya would run for mayor, but she almost did not. However, having birthed this new entity, she quickly realized that she and the group of community organizers that made it happen must not stop with it’s creation and ensure that the young City was set on the right path. Maya shares how the oldest community in Texas became its newest city with the story of the City of San Elizario from 1598 to 2017.

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Do Mexico's Journalists want a Safe House?

BY PATRICK TIMMONS
@ VOL 16 ON JUN 29, 2017

Mexico is the most dangerous country in the world to be a journalist. Freelance human rights investigator and journalist Patrick Timmons shares the staggering statistics: 130 journalists dead or disappeared since 2000. Official protection mechanisms do not work so what informal methods do journalists need to keep themselves safe? Patrick proposes a refuge that may be part of the answer.

 

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Desolate Beauty: A Contemplation of the Desert

BY DAVID MORRISON
@ VOL 16 ON JUN 29, 2017

Contemplative writer David Morrison and Monk Drums (El Paso vol.11) creator Jacob Neria takes us on a journey of of sound, image, and spoken word celebrates a vision of desert spirituality.

As David explains, there is a beauty that can be experienced in the scarcity of desert if we come to it with contemplative eyes. The word, “contemplation,” in Latin, means to “gaze intently upon.” It’s possible to walk in desert landscapes and witness its emptiness until a stunning beauty arises. And further, this beauty begins to gaze into the beholder, and one is transformed forever. In the Irish language, “to contemplate,” means to place oneself at the “edge of waiting.” The desert is a liminal space on the edge of what’s familiar, and it draws and enchants those who dare to walk in its kenotic embrace.

The images are not professionally shot nature photos, but rather the simple snapshots of a lifelong desert walker. The haikus are not literary as much as they are experiential. Mary Oliver sums it up perfectly: "Every day I walk out into the world / to be dazzled, then to be reflective."

David Morrison and Jacob Neria are members of Desert Rain Community, a contemporary community of Christian contemplative monks located outside El Paso in Chaparral, NM.

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Finding My Cultural Voice in Comics

BY RUDY VASQUEZ
@ VOL 16 ON JUN 29, 2017

By day Rudy Vasquez is the mild mannered Marketing and Communications Manager for El Paso’s Downtown Management District (DMD)…but by night Rudy pursues his amazing passion for comic animation artistry.

Rudy has worked for independent comic book publishers as a work-for-hire sequential artist for years, but has not published any creator owned work. Now, the artist is laying the foundation for a creator owned project that is an expression of his own voice. In this journey, he has discovered a culturally rich context that reflects life on the border more so, than life in a completely make believe world. 

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It's Your World

BY CANDIE PRINTZ
@ VOL 14 ON OCT 15, 2016

With the It’s Your World project, Candace Printz and her students aim to challenge how people think about their environment, art, and the individuals in their community. Chelsea Clinton wrote a book, “It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!” that focuses on positive impacts within your community. In the spirit of this book, Candace and other teachers across the country submitted projects which would improve their community.

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Active Mobility with Velo Paso

BY VICTOR CORDERO
@ VOL 14 ON OCT 15, 2016

Victor Cordero, Scott White & Melissa Lugo share their passion for making active transportation accessible to everyone in the Paso del Norte region through education and outreach. Velo Paso works toward a Paso del Norte region where active mobility is safe, easy, and an economical means of transportation and recreation for everyone.

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Achieving Sustainability by Adaptive Reuse

BY FREDERIC DALBIN
@ VOL 14 ON OCT 15, 2016

Projections show that 50% of architectural design in the next 20+ years and beyond will be for renovating and re-purposing existing buildings.  This represents an historic opportunity for the architecture and building community to reverse the most significant crisis of modern time:  energy depletion and environmental degradation.  Fred Dalbin demonstrate approaches and practices for conservation and adaptive re-use of the existing built environment through projects completed by this firm.

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Futbol in the Barrio

BY SIMON CHANDLER
@ VOL 14 ON OCT 15, 2016

El Segundo Barrio (Second Ward) is one of the oldest neighborhoods in El Paso and is also known as the “other Ellis Island” because it has been the starting point for thousands of families immigrating from Mexico since the 1880’s.  As an outreach Simon Chandler’s group began the Segundo Barrio Futbol Club to give the kids of the impoverished neighborhood an organized activity to participate in.  An all volunteer staff now run five teams in the neighborhood in addition to after school programs to bring together physical activity and intellectual development.

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Urban Interventions on the Border

BY ANS BORDER GALLERY
@ VOL 15 ON FEB 17, 2017

Evelyn Oz presents the work of ANS Border Gallery, a group of urban artists from Ciudad Juarez making artistic interventions in the fabric of their border city.

 

EL PASO Blog

Art En Vivo


"Beautify your own life."
In 
"Art En Vivo" from PechaKucha Night El Paso Vol. 13, Jonathan Childress talks about Art En Vivo, a weekly live screen printing project hosted by Proper Printshop. Its aim is to promote the craft of printmaking, empower artists, and engage the community to engage with art. The project will feature 52 artists in 2016 and travel the world beginning in 2017.

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About the City's Organizers

  • William Helm

    Photographer and Architect William (Bill) Helm calls El Paso his adopted hometown - having lived there for most of the past 20 years. Bill was first introduced to PechaKucha at a lecture Mark Dytham gave while finishing his architecture thesis at the University at Buffalo in 2006. Shortly thereafter he gave his first 20x20 presentation at PechaKucha Buffalo Vol 2 before returning back to his beloved city of El Paso to continue the conversation. In 2008, with the help of a few friends in the local design community, Bill launched PechaKucha Night in El Paso in a land that was thirsty for the level of creative discourse that PechaKucha Night had to offer. In the years that have followed, Bill started In*Situ Architecture — which has grown over the past few years to be one of the leading design firms in the city. He has grown PechaKucha partnerships in the El Paso community over the subsequent years as well to include collaborative events across the national border with PechaKucha Juarez.