Pecha Kucha Night Toledo will kick off 2014 season on May 10Written by Staff Reports | | firstname.lastname@example.org
By Chase Will, Toledo Free Press Staff Writer
At 8 p.m. May 10, Pecha Kucha Night Toledo will kick off the 2014 season with its sixth presentation, “Journeys.”
This event is comprised of local presenters who share 20 pictures for 20 seconds each. The style was invented in Tokyo in 2003 and has been adapted by over 700 cities to promote learning and networking in a relaxed atmosphere.
“The presenters we selected all gave great and interesting descriptions of what their journeys are, and have a nice variety this time too,” said Crystal Gale Phelps, co-founder of the event. “We have a couple travel presenters, some that are art-based, and some that are about personal journeys of growth and development.”
The seven presenters will be John Abbey, Joni Johnson, Yusef Lateef, Elliot Charney, Amber LeFever, Barbara Laird and Lindsay Williams.
Joni Johnson, founder of photography project Humans of Toledo, will be presenting on the value of living in the moment.
“The overall idea would be to convey moments in my journey, whether it’s alone, in nature, in conversation, in sadness or whatever that you feel something larger than your understanding and you are moved,” Johnson said. “Those moments can fuel the fire to move forward into a new direction.”
Elliot Charney, another first-time participant, will share photos from his frequent adventures.
“I went to Thailand on a scholarship from the Toledo Museum of Art to pursue photography, but I’ve been travelling a lot on and off since I graduated high school, so I think I’ll be presenting on a wider base of my journeys as a whole,” he said. “A lot of what I’ve gotten out of my journeys is, you can leave, but eventually you’ve got to come home, and when you get back everything seems just a little different.”
Through these presentations, organizers hope attendees will meet others who’ve had similar experiences or be exposed to new ones. There will be a short time available after the presentations for networking.
Pecha Kucha Night will soon be announcing dates for summer events and upcoming themes. More information can be found on Facebook or by visiting www.pechakucha.org.
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