"Think about how human beings have lived from the day that we spoke the very first word. Telling a good story is what has helped us survive."

In Why Storytelling Makes Us Human from PechaKucha Night Kalamazoo Vol.2,  Dave Schramm presents on the importance of storytelling throughout human history.


"I'm just really lucky to enjoy what I do and make a living doing it."

In Art as a Career from PechaKucha Night Kalamazoo Vol. 2Shay Church shares history as an artist, highlighting larger than life projects, and how he ended up at his current company, Grayling Ceramics. 

"Improv is like being slammed in the face by objects that you don't know what they are. You have no concept of what they are or what they are going to be and you get to use it. It's a gift!" 

In How to Think on your Feet from PechaKucha Night Kalamazoo Vol. 1, Dann Sytsma was just as surprised as the audience when his presentation, the improvisational slot intended only for the evening's entertainment and for which he had absolutely zero preparation, became not only a coherent speech but an artful and enigmatic PechaKucha masterpiece for the ages! Well Done, Dann! 

This week's PechaKucha People spotlight lands on PechaKucha Night Kalamazoo organier, Marissa Kovatch, who "believes PechaKucha provides a significant opportunity for an emotional exchange as people share their passions and purpose."  She loves to unite people through her work and has seen the power of PK's concise platform for diverse storytelling to inspire others.  She was a founding city organizer in St. Joseph and recently kicked-off Volume 1 for PK Kalamazoo where she resides. When not PechaKucha-ing Marissa is a Principal designer & co-founder of Intersect Studio, a design & architecture firm enhancing the human condition daily through the creation of great places for people.

In this week's City Focus, we like to give a warm welcome to Kalamazoo, Michigan, who've held their first ever PechaKucha Night at Cityscape Events. Check out their amazing presentations from their city page and see what makes their creativity stand out from the rest. We can't wait to see what Kalamazoo has to offer!