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21 MAR


Bridgeport PechaKucha, Volume 4, will be at the Barnum Museum on Thursday, March 21st. Attend to hear great personal stories each told in 400 seconds with 20 images!!!! The theme of TRANSFORMATIONS will honor both the first day of spring, the Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District's launch of their "Colorful Bridgeport Campaign," and the potential impact of the PechaKucha stories. This is a free event (donations accepted since we make a $1 donation per person to the global PechaKucha organization) and the doors open at 6:00. Food will be lovingly 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 4. 

If you would like to present, please fill out a proposal here: http://bit.ly/BPT-PKN-proposal4

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, February 2, 2019 at 2:00. 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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Patricia Gaffney-Kindig

Retired educator & artist in Denver

Patricia Gaffney-Kindig, a World War II orphan, after seeing a Good Morning America broadcast on discovering and identifying the remains of WWII pilots who never returned from Papua New Guinea, started a journey to discover her father, and finds him and so much more! (Patricia Skyped in from Denver, CO and presented live for this event)

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@ VOL 3 ON NOV 11, 2018

Paralyzed from a panic attack caused by unresolved grieving over her father's death in 2008, Jezrie Marcano-Courtney shares her circuitous journey to mental health. 

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AFRIKA360: The Journey

@ VOL 3 ON NOV 11, 2018

In his search to move past the European influence and find the AFRIKAN aesthetic to his art, Iyaba Ibo Mandingo made an amazing discovery!

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One Step at a Time

@ VOL 3 ON NOV 11, 2018

Elizabeth Torres works to empower people and hiking serves as a renewal process. This story tells of self-discovery and renewed faith on a recent 550-mile pilgrimage over 33 days on the Camino de Santiago to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain!  

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Being Number One

@ VOL 3 ON NOV 11, 2018

Ina Anderson describes her journey of firsts including the first African-American female firefighter in Bridgeport, CT, and the first female officer.

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The Migrants' Alphabet

@ VOL 3 ON NOV 11, 2018

Inspired by an 1846 Anti-Slavery Alphabet to bring attention to the abolitionist cause Jane Davila talks about her project, the Migrant's Alphabet, to bring awareness, education, and conversation to the current crisis of immigration in the United States and around the world.

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I See What You Meme!

@ VOL 3 ON NOV 11, 2018

Thomas Mezzanotte asks "How has the camera and lens-based imaging impacted the evolution of visual cognition?"

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Give Me Liberty AND Give Me Loans!

@ VOL 3 ON NOV 11, 2018

The Bonds of Liberty: Betsy Golden Kellem shares how a cultural phenonoma was created with amazing posters (often created by well-known artists) that promoted liberty bonds to support World War I efforts! Over 15 billion dollars was raised and Aetna helped make it possible for ordinary citizens to purchase the bonds.

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Tying It Together

@ VOL 3 ON NOV 11, 2018

David Green's journey and emphasis on merging art and science has allowed him to use a variety of forms and structures to bring diverse people and ideas together.


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.