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11 NOV


Since this PechaKucha celebrates the last day of the Bridgeport Art Trail and it is also Veterans Day, the theme for this event will be ARTS, SERVICE AND "UNIQUE SLICE OF LIFE" STORIES. You will be sure to hear authentic, possibly unexpected personal stories — interesting experiences that may make YOU laugh, cry and/or spark new ideas! 

PechaKucha translates to “Chit-Chat” in Japanese, but that’s somewhat misleading.   It’s a group of people each presenting for six minutes and forty seconds with 20 compelling photos or visuals shown 20 seconds each. This makes each story succinct, interesting, inspiring, fun and/or funky.  A PechaKucha is a tasty storytelling feast! Some Bridgeport Art Trail artists are already among the presenters at this Sunday evening gathering, which also serves as a unique closing party of the BAT weekend, celebrating the art of conversation and community. 

WE'RE LOOKING FOR MORE Artists, Veterans, Writers, Dancers, Musicians, History Buffs, Cooks, Librarians, Barbers, Unicyclists, Botanists, Body Builders, Foodies, Teachers, (pretty much anyone with a passion about something) to share personal stories at this Bridgeport PECHAKUCHA – VOL 3. 

Bijou Doors open at 6 pm.  $1 contribution goes to the international PechaKucha.org.  Food and drink will be available to purchase!

If you would like to present, please fill out a proposal here: http://bit.ly/BPT-PKN-proposal3

To help potential speakers with the process of understanding what a Pechakucha is and how to create the slides and presentation there will be one workshop at the Barnum Museum on Saturday, Oct. 6th at 2:00. Register here:http://bit.ly/reg-PKW-3

You can also find the registration on our FaceBook page: http://bit.ly/FB-Pechakucha-Bridgeport . If you have any questions email PKBridgeport@gmail.com or call Suzanne Kachmar at the City Lights Gallery (203) 334-7748.

Lauren Coakley-Vincent - President Downtown Bridgeport Special Services District 
Bill Derry - Teacher/Librarian/Playsultant
Suzanne Kachmar - Director of City Lights Gallery
Nina Lesiga - Nina Lesiga Productions
John Swing - Assistant Director and COO of the Barnum Museum


Featured Presentation

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Nina Lesiga

Experience Designer, Performing Artist, Nina Lesiga inc. in Stratford, CT



Nina Lesiga lives life to the fullest and loves interactive art, playing the ukulele and engaging in unique experiences! Join Nina as she enters the world of the no-pants subway ride in New York City!

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The Sibling Secret: Looking Back and Changing Lives

@ VOL 2 ON SEP 12, 2018

Katie Settel relates her personal story about her family's secret -- a brother she did not know about for 25 years! "The Sibling Secret" is her dream -- a photo essay to share with the world.

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The Hairy Bison: Creating an Offbeat, Insanely Great Trail Running Community

@ VOL 2 ON SEP 12, 2018

Born in Bridgeport, CT and now the co-organizer of the Harbison Trail Runners in South Carolina, Dean Schuster shares the story of growing a crazy group of runners from a couple of people to a massive club. The free trail running event (The Hairy Bison) is part theater of the absurd, part race, and part community fair -- and now one of the largest trail-runs in the state. The T-shirts have become instrumental in creating a huge following!

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Bridgeport Legacy of Innovation

@ VOL 2 ON SEP 12, 2018

Mike Roer shares about some of the notable inventions and inventors from Bridgeport, CT. Be prepared to be surprised!

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Make Way for Ducklings!

@ VOL 2 ON SEP 12, 2018

Rae Anne Locke's elementary school has a long-standing tradition of ducklings being born in the courtyard. As the librarian, she has been part of the staff "duck squad" to escort the ducklings through the school to the river. This yearly tradition has provided many universal truths for students, staff and YOU!

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National Parks from A-Z

@ VOL 2 ON SEP 12, 2018

Ellen Hardy loves National Parks and on her many cross-country adventures, she has been to many -- well known and not so well known. Experience the parks through her images and family stories.

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From Fear to Love of Forests

@ VOL 2 ON SEP 12, 2018

When Beth Lazar moved to rural Ct. from Philadelphia, PA., her cousin scared her into thinking she'd be eaten by lions, and tigers and bears! She grew to love forests and now wants to preserve forests and open green space, especially 400 acre Remington Woods in Bridgeport, CT.

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Stir Up Some Joy!

@ VOL 2 ON SEP 12, 2018

Joy is often overlooked in our often tedious and stress-filled lives. Join Jeanette Harris in "Stirring up some joy" using commonplace, everyday items that are readily available.

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The Kitchen Table

@ VOL 1 ON MAY 09, 2018

Raquel Pablo-Rivera is a chef instructor and small business owner who provides cooking instruction in Bridgeport.  She describes how she promotes healthy food and the preparation of delicious meals that are cost effective and require little ingredients or equipment.  She provides services to local lighthouse programs, farmers markets, senior centers and food pantries and this passion comes through in her story of how food connects people of all ages, regardless of income, race, or education level 


About the City's Organizers

  • Nina Lesiga

    Nina Lesiga's passion is creating exceptional experiences. She tells true stories of uncommon adventures and facilitates Ukulele workshops. . Photo credit:The Confetti Project

  • Bill Derry

    Bill Derry most recently worked as the Director of Innovation at The Westport Library in Connecticut. He was the co-chair of the Westport Mini Maker Faire and one of the leaders of the creation of the MakerSpace. He helped coordinate and produce a Westport Pechakucha. Prior to joining the Westport Library in 2011, Bill worked in education for over 30 years as an elementary classroom teacher, drama-in-education teacher, library media specialist, supervisor of library media K-12 and information and technology literacy coordinator K-12. Currently he is volunteering to run an afterschool program at Bridgeport's Barnum Museum and leading teacher workshops on the transformative power of play, imagination, and making.

  • John Swing

    John Swing is the heart of finance and administration at the Barnum Museum. Coming to the Museum from Yale University, John brings his considerable experience in large-scale management to guide the infrastructure, policies and people that will grow and reinvent the Museum. John nimbly manages budgeting, operations and board relations in an effort to plan and direct our massive organizational change. He is, quite simply, the Chair of the Department of No Worries.

  • Lauren Coakley Vincent

    As the Business Improvement District for the Park City, the mission of the Bridgeport DSSD is to promote the preservation and development of the downtown business district; make the area more attractive and accessible; and enhance the public perception of downtown Bridgeport through overseeing and managing its appearance, security, and cleanliness.

  • Suzanne Kachmar

    Suzanne Kachmar received her MFA at the New York Academy of Art. She is the Executive Director of City Lights & Company a community based, nonprofit arts organization that “serves the community through art“. One of her initiatives is the Annual Bridgeport Art Trail. A weekend long open-studio arts celebration that attracts visitors to tour Bridgeport to “view art, talk art, buy art.“ As an artist, art instructor and therapeutic recreation director, she has taught art to people of all ages and abilities. Her work has shown in Connecticut and New York and is in private and corporate collections.