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Justin Beckman

Visual Artist and Designer in Ellensburg, WA

Rural Famous

PRESENTED ON AUG 25, 2016
IN ELLENSBURG @ VOL 7

"That landscape and rural culture around it not only continues to inspire the work I make as an artist but inspires me as a husband and father, as a friend and a human."

In Rural Famous at PechaKucha Night Ellensburg Vol.7,  Justin Beckman shares his love of "open spaces". His journey from the smoggy city of Los Angeles to the rural views of Ellensburg have led him to create photography that highlight the beauty of rural landscapes and accentuates the differences between rural and city life. 


This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday, January 30th, 2017.

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Shaping Healthy Communities

BY GARY GASTON
@ VOL 11 ON FEB 19, 2014

Gary Gaston, Design Director at the Nashville Civic Design Center, discusses some of the major concepts in the upcoming publication, Shaping Healthy Communities. Issues that are addressed include future transit options for Nashville, access to food, parks and open spaces, and making the city more pedestrian-friendly. He also differentiates betwteen natural, rural, suburban, urban, and the downtown core areas.

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Preserving Kentucky's Rural Landscape

BY AMY SPARROW POTTS
@ VOL 6 ON DEC 07, 2011

Amy Sparrow Potts explores the history of Kentucky`s architecture and local business. She talks about how we can preserve these old houses and business by exploring and being aware of them. 

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How to Bring New Life to the Countryside

BY ROLAND HAGENBERG
@ JAPANESE ART OR ART IN JAPAN? ON FEB 19, 2015

Roland Hagenberg talks about his Architectural work in the country of Vienna. He creates beautiful guest house in the rural part of Vienna. He also talks about some of his future projects in Japan and Europe

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Printing in Rural India

BY DENISE KARABINUS
@ VOL 26 ON MAR 11, 2016

Denise Karabinus will share several innovative collaborative projects generated during this first ever community art residency in rural India. Gram - means - Village. and the Art Residency aimed to promote cross-cultural exchanges by providing a meeting point for artists in diverse fields to work side by side with artisans, children and residents in rural India with the purpose of creating small lasting changes in the community.

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Power of Possibilities

BY SARAH MYERS
@ VOL 5 ON FEB 18, 2016

Sarah Myers of Garrett College dicusses the ambition project of "Power of Possibilties". This initiative strives to encourage and promote entrepreneurship in rural appalachia and create jobs.  

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From Puffin Hunters to Prostitutes – Portraits from the last 15 years

BY TESSA BUNNEY
@ VOL 2 ON MAR 31, 2016

Tessa Bunney is an accomplished photographer based in Vientiane, Laos who is fascinated by the intricacies of rural life. For her PechaKucha presentation she shares 20 of her favourite portraits from the last 15 years, during which she has met and photographed a diverse range of people both close to her home in rural North Yorkshire (UK) and around the world.

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Dakota Rural Action

BY TONY HELLAND
@ VOL 19 ON SEP 02, 2016

In "Dakota Rural Action" from PechaKucha Sioux Falls Vol.19, SD Tony Helland's love of the state and region runs deep. He grew up loving the outdoors, bicycling, and creating and performing music. Over the past two years Tony has expanded his interests toward the environment, sustainable energy, and civic engagement. These interests were brought to the fore after joining with Dakota Rural Action. Since then he has been fortunate to travel all across region, meeting new friends and learning the pressing issues they face. Tony’s current areas of engagement include water quality, oil and gas infrastructure, and the state legislature. One thing he’s learned through this is that it is only through building personal relationships and community involvement that positive change will be seen.

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Rural Arts Activism

BY KARIN COPE
@ VOL 21 ON SEP 24, 2016

"These days, arts and artists are mostly urban, this is not news, but whenever things are brought from the wilderness to the country, to the city, they are brought to make a point."

In "Rural Arts Activism" from PechaKucha Night Halifax Vol. 21, Associate Professor at NSCAD University Karin Cope presents the many creative opportunities in Halifax to explore the arts to enhance the lives of the members of her rural community. 

Karen is a poet, sailor, photographer, videographer, writer, activist, and blogger. Her publications include scholarly works (Passionate Collaborations: Learning to Live with Gertrude Stein,) popular histories (Casting a Legend: The Story of the Lunenburg Foundry), poetry (What we’re doing to stay afloat), short stories, and substantial blogs. A founding member of Art and Activism at NSCAD, Cope is also a community activist on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia. 

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Your World Means Nothing: Living as a local in rural Kyrgyzstan

BY STEVE SMITH
@ VOL 24 ON AUG 17, 2017

Steve Smith presents a photo essay on rural Kyrgyzstan, a place he is lucky enough to visit and photograph often.  There, he typically embeds with village families for several months and lives as a local.  Working both in medium format film and digital, he works to tell the story of a land and people who live as if time stood still.