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25 APR

NEXT EVENT VOL 39

Let's get together for volume 39 at the beautiful Grace Church! The PK format has inspired these eight speakers to share ideas and observations; inspirations for art and livelihood; social phenomenon and popular culture trends; and creative odysseys and life influences. As always, we want to unite our community through creativity and storytelling.  

 
Emcees Heather Atkinson and Lela Klein
 
Jehanne Dufresne: “Joy!, Antidote To My Past Depression”
Bridget S. Hutt: “Strings Attached: A Love Letter to the Act of Crocheting”
Matthew Brandberry: “What’s your Why?”
Josh Weston: “Pew Baby”
Corin Brewer: “Dominating My Discomfort”
Nathan Kessler:  “Resurrecting Jesus”     (the statue on I-75)
Mike Mitchell: “The Importance of Context”
Sean Mitchell: “Collaboration, Community, and a Sweater”
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Beyond My Travels

BY SIERRA LEONE
@ VOL 38 ON FEB 07, 2019

Sierra Leone loves to travel & spending time with her family. She is a writer and the President and Artistic Director of OFP Theatre Company. Her work with youth arts organizations, schools, and community organizations has been ongoing through her company’s educational arm, Signature Educational Solutions. In recognition of her work, Sierra was a 2018 Ohio Governor's Award recipient.

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Community Artreach

BY JES MCMILLAN
@ VOL 38 ON FEB 07, 2019

Jes McMillan is a local artist activist and founder of The Mosaic Institute of Greater Dayton nonprofit arts organization. Jes has worked with the communities of Dayton and beyond for over 10 years bringing thousands of people together with collaborative art. She is curator of The McMillan Gallery and Creative Director at tend&flourish on Brown Street.

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Teaching the Arts: Fashion Edition

BY LINDSAY GUSTAFSON
@ VOL 38 ON FEB 07, 2019

Lindsay Gustafson has taught art for 17 years at Kettering Middle School. Besides a passion for teaching the arts, she loves her hubby, seeing live music, travelling and playing lots of tennis.

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Black Heritage Through Visual Rhythms

BY APRIL ALFORD
@ VOL 38 ON FEB 07, 2019

April Alford has been a Dayton resident for a little over 18 years. April is the founder of Welcome Home Dayton, and Vice-President of the African American Visual Artists Guild’s Board of Trustees. April is an avid volunteer, and lover of all things crafty. The African American Visual Artists Guild has been in existence for 25 years, but is not well known in the Dayton area. 

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Inside Look at Art Exhibitions

BY JERRY SMITH
@ VOL 38 ON FEB 07, 2019

Dr. Jerry N. Smith is Chief Curator at the Dayton Art Institute. Previously working at Phoenix Art Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida, Jerry has curated more than 50 art exhibitions of diverse artists and subjects, ranging from Leonardo da Vinci to Andy Warhol, and video installations to Classical Guitars.

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Trying to Fit Art on a Wall

BY NICHOLAUS ARNOLD
@ VOL 38 ON FEB 07, 2019

Nicholaus Arnold is a semi-conceptual artist, semi-conceptual curator, and semi conceptual educator from Dayton, Ohio. He currently runs The Blue House Gallery with his partner Ashley and is the galleries coordinator for University of Dayton. Nicholaus’ presentation is about his life as an artist and trying to fit unorthodox art works into a gallery setting.

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How to Throw a Curve

BY DEBORAH DIXON
@ VOL 38 ON FEB 07, 2019

Deborah Dixon's art has brought large women out of the closet since the early 80's. She draws, paints and sculpts full-figured females as a way of self-healing, rebellion, and to make a social statement that all bodies are beautiful and amazing. Through her large, brightly colored paintings and sensuously drawn images, viewers are encouraged to confront their prejudices, assumptions and messages about being fat in our culture. For those who are large themselves, her work is often empowering, and a chance to see themselves as beautiful, and complete as they are.

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At Table: Finding Family Through Photography

BY GLENNA JENNINGS
@ VOL 38 ON FEB 07, 2019

Glenna Jennings is an artist, photographer and educator from San Diego, CA. She is also an assistant professor at the University of Dayton. She teaches courses in photography and art and social practice, with an emphasis on food justice and social equity. Jennings presented her images of folks eating and drinking around the world from her series At Table. These photographs have, in a sense, become the record of a stand-in, extended family scattered around the globe. 

 

DAYTON Blog

The View Behind the Cafe

"Every week there are new items, objects, things, stuff that people abandon that people put out, leave out, the flotsam and jetsam of the modern age. It's just back there, new stuff all the time.
In The View Behind the Cafe from PechaKucha Night Dayton Vol. 32James Luckett observes the parking lot behind his workplace.  His photos transform the invisible into new compositions, from abandoned dolls to shadows on concrete.

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About the City's Organizers

  • Shayna McConville & Co.

    Shayna McConville is a fan of Dayton and of all things creative! Jason Antonick, Katy Kelly and Mike Beerbower round out the PK Dayton organizing team.