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Bridgeport PechaKucha, Volume 5, will be at the B-HIVE Coworking space on Thursday, Sept. 12th. Attend to hear great personal stories each told in 400 seconds with 20 images!!!! The theme will be NOT YOUR MAMA'S PECHAKUCHA! (Some content will be edgy and "adult!")

This is a free event (donations accepted since we try to make a $1 donation per person to the global PechaKucha organization) AND cover costs! The doors open at 6:00. Food will be lovingly and deliciously prepared and sold by Raquel Rivera-Pablo of A Pinch of Salt. The program will begin at 6:45 and will be completed by 9:00 with a 15 minute intermission.

WE'RE LOOKING FOR MORE Artists, Veterans, Writers, Dancers, Musicians, History Buffs, Cooks, Librarians, Barbers, Unicyclists, Botanists, Body Builders, Foodies, Teachers, (pretty much anyone with a passion about something) to share personal stories at this Bridgeport PECHAKUCHA – VOL 5. 

If you would like to present, please fill out a proposal here: 


To help potential speakers with the process of understanding what a Pechakucha is and how to create the slides and presentation there will be one workshop at the Barnum Museum on Saturday, August 10th from 2:00-3:30. Register here: 


You can also find the registration on our FaceBook page: http://bit.ly/FB-Pechakucha-Bridgeport . If you have any questions email PKBridgeport@gmail.com or call John Swing at the Barnum Museum. (203) 331-1104 ext: 100

Lauren Coakley-Vincent - President Downtown Bridgeport Special Services District 
Bill Derry - Teacher/Librarian/Playsultant
Suzanne Kachmar - Director of City Lights Gallery
Nina Lesiga - Nina Lesiga Productions
John Swing - Assistant Director and COO of the Barnum Museum


Featured Presentation

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Library Innovation Consultant, self-employed in BRIDGEPORT

Maxine Bleiweis looks at the world from a perspective that uncovers the possibilities in a situation – in this case, opportunities to open your mind about the role of the public library!

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Information Transformation

@ VOL 4 ON MAR 21, 2019

Matt Wilcox shares the most exciting talk on information theory that folks have ever heard ;-)!

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Carpe Diem - Seize the Day, Live every moment to the fullest!

@ VOL 4 ON MAR 21, 2019

Tina Sommers remembers her mom, Mary Jane Sommers, who recently passed from cancer. A tribute to her last two courageous years, from a safari in Tanzania to sailing around the South Pacific -- she lived her best day every day until the end.

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Little Liberia -- Digital History Project

@ VOL 4 ON MAR 21, 2019

Little Liberia was a thriving community made up of Native Americans, African Americans and escaped slaves during the 1850's in Bridgeport, CT. Today the Mary and Eliza Freeman houses remain as evidence of Little Liberia. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has listed the buildings as one of “America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.” College student, Brandon Taylor, tells the story of his involvement in helping to save this community through his skills as a computer science student.

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Spirit Forests

@ VOL 4 ON MAR 21, 2019

Scott Schuldt, through his art and experiences, shares his emotional connection with the cedar forests of the Pacific Northwest.

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Magic Happens - Stories that Stretch, Empower, and Provoke Transformation

@ VOL 4 ON MAR 21, 2019

Magic happens every day: but what is it that makes an experience magical? How can we recognize the magical? And once magic "happens", how can that experience inspire creativity? Laura Pirie shares stories of empowerment and transformation, both personal and community, across time and space!

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Snow Potatoes

@ VOL 4 ON MAR 21, 2019

Some traditions don’t hold up to the passage of time. Or do they? Nina Lesiga shares her attempt at passing on her mother’s tradition of baking potatoes to warm the body and soul.

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Common Ground

@ VOL 4 ON MAR 21, 2019

John Kovalsky never met his grandfather, but he did have photographs from his grandfather’s amazing cross-country adventures! John followed his grandfather’s path and recreated the images, but did not anticipate what happened along the way!

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Grandmother Gingko

@ VOL 4 ON MAR 21, 2019

The power of symbols and love! Adrian Hincapie reveals how his revered grandmother from Columbia lives on through the life-force of a local Gingko tree.


About the City's Organizers

  • Nina Lesiga

    Nina Lesiga creates immersive experiences in travel, storytelling and music making.. She's a performer, ukulelist and keynote speaker. Nina blogs about going outside her comfort zone at www.gottatravelsolo.com

  • Bill Derry

    Bill Derry most recently worked as the Director of Innovation at The Westport Library in Connecticut. He was the co-chair of the Westport Mini Maker Faire and one of the leaders of the creation of the MakerSpace. He helped coordinate and produce a Westport Pechakucha. Prior to joining the Westport Library in 2011, Bill worked in education for over 30 years as an elementary classroom teacher, drama-in-education teacher, library media specialist, supervisor of library media K-12 and information and technology literacy coordinator K-12. Currently he is volunteering to run an afterschool program at Bridgeport's Barnum Museum and leading teacher workshops on the transformative power of play, imagination, and making.

  • John Swing

    John Swing is the heart of finance and administration at the Barnum Museum. Coming to the Museum from Yale University, John brings his considerable experience in large-scale management to guide the infrastructure, policies and people that will grow and reinvent the Museum. John nimbly manages budgeting, operations and board relations in an effort to plan and direct our massive organizational change. He is, quite simply, the Chair of the Department of No Worries.

  • Lauren Coakley Vincent

    As the Business Improvement District for the Park City, the mission of the Bridgeport DSSD is to promote the preservation and development of the downtown business district; make the area more attractive and accessible; and enhance the public perception of downtown Bridgeport through overseeing and managing its appearance, security, and cleanliness.

  • Suzanne Kachmar

    Suzanne Kachmar received her MFA at the New York Academy of Art. She is the Executive Director of City Lights & Company a community based, nonprofit arts organization that “serves the community through art“. One of her initiatives is the Annual Bridgeport Art Trail. A weekend long open-studio arts celebration that attracts visitors to tour Bridgeport to “view art, talk art, buy art.“ As an artist, art instructor and therapeutic recreation director, she has taught art to people of all ages and abilities. Her work has shown in Connecticut and New York and is in private and corporate collections.