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24 MAY

NEXT EVENT VOL 41

An evening of presentations from people who are making important contributions to the creative community, the creative economy, the cutural and social life and diversity of the city of Portland, and whose work is cause for optimism in what lies ahead during times that are challenging to the spirit of our society.

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Compa!

BY JEAN PAUL NGIRUWERA
@ VOL 38 ON MAY 25, 2017

Compa! is a new initiative started by Jean Paul Ngiruwera, a data engineer and community organizer from Rwanda, dedicated to bridging this gap through helping recent immigrants with tech skills to hone their expertise through additional trainings, meet local tech sector leaders and contribute directly to developing open source solutions that help solve the tech needs of other local community organizations.

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Going Back to Standing Rock

BY BOB KEYES
@ VOL 38 ON MAY 25, 2017

Bob Keyes went to Standing Rock because he wanted to see for himself, to bear witness. He followed the story of the water protests from a distance when they began, then traveled to Standing Rock in November because doing nothing wasn’t enough. He says he learned something about community and the vitality of working together toward something bigger than self or an individual goal. The goal in this instance was to stop the pipeline. The success of that effort will be judged not by the final outcome of that infrastructure project – the oil will flow  – but by what happens next.

 

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Transparency Begins at Home

BY ROB KOROBKIN
@ VOL 38 ON MAY 25, 2017

Bringing Portland's Budget into the 21st Century

Rob Korobkin presents his software tool that allows graphical visualization of the city budget, able to drill down with mouse clicks into the specifics of expenditures throughout City government.  This tool is made available online for free as an initiative to provide transparency in the public interest.

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Apprentice to Journeyman, Plank to Table

BY LORIEN WOOD
@ VOL 39 ON JUL 27, 2017

Lorien Wood shares the building of a journeyman’s piece, the “final exam” of a three-year German cabinetry apprenticeship, from raw wood to the finished piece of furniture.

 

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Facing Recovery

BY JOANNE ARNOLD
@ VOL 38 ON MAY 25, 2017

Joanne Arnold shares how one woman and a minivan mobilized the recovery community and drove them to work.
 
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I Wanna Die Rich - Not Wealthy

BY GARY ROBINOV
@ VOL 33 ON OCT 29, 2015

Gary Robinov is a filmmaker and educator based in Portland Maine, who graduated from the Maine College of Art in 2004 with a self-designed focus in documentary film. His presentation traces his journey to find that, when you have the American Dream and Realize It's Not Your Dream and take chances later in life to follow your passion, you can change from being wealthy to being rich by doing what you love.

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The Story and The Silence

BY ANDREE KEHN
@ VOL 30 ON FEB 20, 2015

"I went to college, got a BFA in photography, and swore that I would never, ever, shoot weddings."

In The Story and The Silence from PechaKucha Night Portland Maine Vol. 30, Andree Kehn shares her work as wedding photographer who specializes in outrageous matrimonies of non-traditional couples. Her eclectic background informs the way she sees the world around her.  Her search for connection in the lonely life of creative-arts self-employment has driven her to work on a personal project of underwater fine art portraits, in which she explores themes of communication and story.

This was "Presentation of the Day" on June 26th, 2017. 

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Love is Blind Contour

BY KATE MICHAUD
@ VOL 35 ON MAY 19, 2016

For the past 9 months, Kate Michaud has been drawing blind contours (line art drawn without looking down at the paper) of every man with whom she's gone on a date. Every week she posts a drawing in her online blog.  Thought not a visual artist, her co-workers - who are graphic designers - persuaded her to do this project, and it has snowballed into something bigger than she imagined.

 

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The Story and The Silence


"I went to college, got a BFA in photography, and swore that I would never, ever, shoot weddings."In 
The Story and The Silence from PechaKucha Night Portland Maine Vol. 30, Andree Kehn shares her work as wedding photographer who specializes in outrageous matrimonies of non-traditional couples. Her eclectic background informs the way she sees the world around her.  Her search for connection in the lonely life of creative-arts self-employment has driven her to work on a personal project of underwater fine art portraits, in which she explores themes of communication and story.

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About the City's Organizers

  • David Swardlick

    David is a partner at the Food and Wellness Group, a Portland, Maine-based, specialized, brand development and strategic marketing firm focused on the food industry. He also manages Greater Good Works, a brand development consultancy. Focused on sustainable brands, corporate social responsibility, higher education and the not-for-profit sector, the firm’s mission is to help purpose-driven organizations achieve great things. Previously, David headed a marketing agency that, for more than 25 years, produced high-visibility programs to promote Maine tourism and economic development, and developed national marketing campaigns for consumer brands, commodity groups, as well as universities and colleges. In addition to his business activities, David is a long-standing member of the board of the Maine Center for Creativity, a nonprofit organization whose mission is: To create alliances between arts and industry to help make Maine more vibrant economically and culturally, and to build Maine’s visibility as a place where creativity and innovation thrive. David graduated from Colby College with a BA in Art, and earned his masters degree in Media and Technology at Boston University.