City Focus: New Westminster

To celebrate their 20th PechaKucha night, we point the City Focus upon New Westminster, British Columbia. Alongside its rich heritage, the art and culture scene in New Westminster is up and coming with the Burlesque Festival and their bountiful theater productions. For their 20th PKN, New Westminster plans to invite presentations in doubles: 10 presentations x 2 presenters per presentation, all equaling out to 20 presenters. Best of luck to PechaKucha Night New Westminster Vol. 20 and your creative take on the PechaKucha 20x20. This will be an unforgettable evening and we can’t wait to see you all there!

PKN Poster Spotlight

PechaKucha Knoxville celebrates their PKN Vol. 28 with a playful poster, putting them under the PKN Poster Spotlight for this week. The interaction between the blue and yellow gently draws the eye in, highlighting the bright minds and ideas that will be shared at their PKN. Graphic artist Tricia Bateman illustrates the many stories that will soon be told with their PechaKucha Poster, as all the graphics are encapsulated in speech and thought bubbles. This poster anticipates a fun and eventful night on August 16th for the PechaKucha Knoxville team. We can’t wait to see you all there!

To see some more fun posters, head over to the PechaKucha Night Tumblr page!

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Presentation of the Day

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Jake Ryan

Founder + Director @ Open Bench Project, Open Bench Project in Portland, Maine

Jake Ryan founded the OBP with a mind toward providing a place for people to gather around the idea of sharing skills, knowledge, and resources concerning the maker movement, about the process of identifying, collecting and fostering the OBP community, about what makes it “community”. He shares some of the struggles he had to endure for that distinction.

He speaks about what he is doing there, why he advocates for it and why it is both constructive and creative.

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Past Presentations of the Day

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Keeping the Dream Alive

BY JOSHUA GARCIA
@ VOL 9 ON MAY 31, 2018

Joshua GarciaInspiredlbc presents “Keeping the Dream Alive”.
 A great story lined up that will involve past, present, future - and art, family, inspiration and motivation.

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Urban Sketchers

BY MICHAEL POPE
@ VOL 16 ON NOV 10, 2017

Urban Sketchers is a relatively new phenomenon that’s getting people drawing together around the world. Townsville has a group too and it’s recently celebrated its first birthday!

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Painting the Town: Reflections on Christchurch's Relationship with Urban Art...

BY REUBEN WOODS
@ VOL 35 ON JUN 01, 2018

Dr. Reuben Woods is an art historian and writer. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on street art and graffiti in post-earthquake Christchurch. Reuben believes that graffiti and street art have played a central role in the city's recovery and renewal. As a post-graduate in the Art History and Theory Department, he seeks to engage a wider audience with the city's intriguing and evolving relationship with urban art by exploring the various narratives and personalities that form these diverse cultures. Reuben also contributes to the website Watch This Space and hosts guided tours of the city's urban art.

In this talk, Reuben reflects on Christchurch’s relationship with street art that has emerged following devastating earthquakes. He tells us how street art can have a significant impact on the built environment and how Christchurch is a space for artists to respond and react.

 

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The Life of Pots

BY LAIMA GRIGONE
@ VOL 157 ON MAY 30, 2018

Ceramic maker Laima Grigone shares her passion for making functional tableware and the philosophy of the handmade movement.

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