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@ 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

@ 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

@ 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

@ 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

@ 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

@ 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

@ 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

@ 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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Portland’s Archetype: Where Do You Stop the Clock?

@ VOL 30 ON FEB 20, 2015

At age eight when Hannah Holmes and her sister wished their bedrooms were joined, her father produced a sledge hammer and ax, and opened a window through which to throw the offending wall. Later, as a world-traveling science writer, she discovered that humanity had invented far stranger ways of fending off the elements. Now a realtor, she studies firsthand the structures we erect between ourselves and Nature; and the complex relationships we nurture with those walls.

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My Barn

@ VOL 36 ON JUL 21, 2016

Nina Fuller moved to Maine in ’72 from NY at age 22 as part of the whole back to the earth, Helen and Scott Nearing mob.   Transitioning from the farm life to having a studio in the Old Port (in Portland, Maine) during the seventies, eighties, nineties and beyond that gave her a front row seat to a town on the move.  Now in Hollis Maine raising sheep, her sense of home as gone around and back on to itself.

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A Tale of Two Luthiers


Joel Eckhaus presents A Tale of Two Luthiers. Is it a ghost story, a tale of reincarnation, or perhaps, just a coincidence? Watch to find out! 

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From 2D to 3D – the design process of MECA’s Textile and Fashion Design department

@ VOL 30 ON FEB 20, 2015

Paul Lewandowski will present his program's exercises that students work on in class, introducing the audience to a way of thinking about pattern, material, texture, and form.
MECA’s new textile and fashion design program is growing quickly and introducing students to a rare hybrid program of textile and fashion design.  Unique in the US, the TFD program students explore 2D pattern and 3D shape as they create wearable art for the body.