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Marissa Kovatch
Principal Designer, Intersect Studio in Kalamazoo
Andrew Mollison, AIA
Architect, Intersect Studio, LLC in Saint Joseph
Jen Randall
Principal, Maestro in KALAMAZOO
Zach DeYoung
VP of Design, Maestro in Kalamazoo
Sydney Nordquist
Digital Marketer, Maestro in Kalamazoo
Angel Arnold
Producer, Rhino in Kalamazoo
Joy Sportel
Architectural Designer, Intersect Studio in Kalamazoo

PAST VOL 1

Kalamazoo @ Cityscape Events
Jun 29, 2017

PAST VOL 2

Kalamazoo @ Arcadia Brewing
Oct 26, 2017

PAST VOL 3

Kalamazoo @ Farmers Alley Theater
Jan 25, 2018

PAST VOL 4

Kalamazoo @ Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Apr 26, 2018

PAST VOL 5

Kalamazoo @ WMU Fetzer Center
Jul 26, 2018

PAST VOL 6

Kalamazoo @ This is a Book Store
Oct 25, 2018

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Vertical Community Building

BY WESTON WALKER
@ VOL 18 ON MAY 18, 2017

Wes Walker uses his 20x20 presentation to discuss architectural responsibility to create moments of human interaction - using Studio Gang Architect's recent projects to highlight social justice and community building by developing methods to occupy the exterior of a building.

Weston Walker is an architect and Design Principal at Studio Gang. He came to New York from Chicago in 2014 to establish the studio’s office in lower Manhattan, which has now grown to a staff of 22 with projects both locally and internationally. His current work includes a major expansion of the American Museum of Natural History, a new FDNY firehouse in Brooklyn, a boutique office tower along the High Line, and a residential high-rise in Toronto.

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Teaching a Mummy to Tweet

BY ELIZABETH BARKER
@ VOL 1 ON JUN 29, 2017

Elizabeth Barker, Museum Support Specialist : Teaches us how a 2,300 year old mummy at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum learned how to use social media. 

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Removing Barriers and Igniting Hope!

BY EMILY KOBZA
@ VOL 1 ON JUN 29, 2017

Emily Kobza, CIS Director of Development + Business Engagement : Every day, kids in our community face barriers that threaten to derail them from success. Working with school staff, hundreds of volunteers, and dozens of community partners, Communities In Schools of Kalamazoo is in schools to ignite hope in students. How? By bringing the community and all the ways it can help to where kids are – the school – so they can graduate and be prepared for life.

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At the Intersection of the Personal, the Historical, and the Musical

BY ANDREW KOEHLER
IN KALAMAZOO

Andrew Koehler, Associate Professor of Music at Kalamazoo College + Music Director and Conductor of the Kalamazoo Philharmonia : Yevhen Stankovych is a contemporary Ukrainian composer, and his 1993 Requiem for Those Who died of Famine memorializes one of the most catastrophic, largely overlooked tragedies of the 20th Century: the Holodomor, in which millions of Ukrainians died from an artificial famine created largely by Stalin's orders. The work will receive its US premiere next spring, performed in Chicago and Kalamazoo by the Kalamazoo Philharmonia and the Bach Festival Chorus, led by conductor Andrew Koehler. This music -- by turns haunting and riveting -- bears particular resonance for Koehler, who has studied and taught about the Holodomor and is a heritage speaker of Ukrainian.

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How to Think on your Feet

BY DANN SYTSMA
@ VOL 1 ON JUN 29, 2017

"Improv is like being slammed in the face by objects that you don't know what they are. You have no concept of what they are or what they are going to be and you get to use it. It's a gift!" 

In How to Think on your Feet from PechaKucha Night Kalamazoo Vol. 1, Dann Sytsma was just as surprised as the audience when his presentation, the improvisational slot intended only for the evening's entertainment and for which he had absolutely zero preparation, became not only a coherent speech but an artful and enigmatic PechaKucha masterpiece for the ages! Well Done, Dann! 

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I Will Carry You

BY JILLIAN + JEFF FOSTER
@ VOL 2 ON OCT 26, 2017

Jillian and Jeff Foster share a crazy faith voyage from drowning to sailing.

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The Anatomy of a Cocktail

BY ANGIE JACKSON
@ VOL 2 ON OCT 26, 2017

Angie Jackson shares the "Art of Balance in a Glass".

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Farmers Alley Theatre

BY ROB WEINER
@ VOL 3 ON JAN 25, 2018

Join Rob Weiner and learn how a small business got started downtown Kalamazoo and how he, his family, and his business partners are living their passions everyday!

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Called to Serve

BY VANCE SIEBERS
@ VOL 5 ON JUL 26, 2018

A glimpse into the unique, sensational, and dramatic lifestyle of a Mormon missionary. Vance Siebers shares.

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A Hairy Tale

BY FRITZ KLUG
@ VOL 6 ON OCT 25, 2018

Fritz takes us on his journey of growing out his glorious hair.

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City Focus: Kalamazoo

In this week's City Focus, we like to give a warm welcome to Kalamazoo, Michigan, who've held their first ever PechaKucha Night at Cityscape Events. Check out their amazing presentations from their city page and see what makes their creativity stand out from the rest. We can't wait to see what Kalamazoo has to offer!

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PechaKucha People: Marissa Kovatch

This week's PechaKucha People spotlight lands on PechaKucha Night Kalamazoo organier, Marissa Kovatch, who "believes PechaKucha provides a significant opportunity for an emotional exchange as people share their passions and purpose."  She loves to unite people through her work and has seen the power of PK's concise platform for diverse storytelling to inspire others.  She was a founding city organizer in St. Joseph and recently kicked-off Volume 1 for PK Kalamazoo where she resides. When not PechaKucha-ing Marissa is a Principal designer & co-founder of Intersect Studio, a design & architecture firm enhancing the human condition daily through the creation of great places for people.

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Why Storytelling Makes Us Human

"Think about how human beings have lived from the day that we spoke the very first word. Telling a good story is what has helped us survive." In Why Storytelling Makes Us Human from PechaKucha Night Kalamazoo Vol.2,  Dave Schramm presents on the importance of storytelling throughout human history.