Pecha Kucha Night Toledo kicks off its 2014 seasonWritten by Guest Author | | GuestAuthor@toledofreepress.com
By Chase Will
In May, Pecha Kucha Night Toledo will kick off its 2014 season with the theme “Journeys.” Pecha Kucha Night is an international event developed in Tokyo, and it entails a series of presenters showing 20 images for 20 seconds each. This informal platform allows anyone to share their work in a relaxed atmosphere.
Deadline for submitting a proposal is April 15. Those interested in presenting must send a 3-5 sentence description of how their presentation relates to the theme.
“A lot of times when people take trips or have experiences which could be relevant to others, it falls under ‘Journeys,’” said Crystal Gale Phelps, co-founder of the Toledo event. “Whether it’s a battle with cancer or the separation of parents—how did it change you? What was your journey?”
“My experience with PKN in 2012 was a very empowering experience,” said Amber LeFever, a past presenter. “After a year and a half of renovations, I was preparing to unveil and introduce LeSo Gallery as a real, tangible place. PKN allowed us a kick-start to establishing a reputation within the Toledo community. I still have people that I meet for the first time or who stop by the gallery and say, ‘I saw your presentation at PKN.’”
The theme can be interpreted in many ways. Unique presentations have the best chance of being selected to present.
“Proposals we’re looking for will include how a trip truly affected them,” said Phelps. “In the proposal, we want to hear the journey, what you experienced, and what sort of images you have.”
This is the first PKN Toledo event with a theme. This decision is an attempt for cohesiveness between presentations.
“For artists and creative people it’s a chance to show your ideas in a new format. Also, it’s casual,” said Phelps. “It helps with public speaking skills, and connects you with other members of the community. At the end of the event, we allow time for conversations to continue.”
“I’ve also had the pleasure of hearing presentations focused on social issues and topics relevant to our area,” said LeFever. “It is tremendously more enjoyable to listen and watch a presentation than to read about it or hear it on the news. The experience as a whole is what makes the event important.”
If you’re unsure about presenting or can’t meet the deadline, PKN is also seeking volunteers for the event.
Submissions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line “PKN Volume 6.” This call for submissions is free, and anyone unable to present in May will have 3 more chances to participate this year. For more information on PKN, visit pechakucha.org/cities/Toledo/Ohio.