Past Dayton Event: VOL 39

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VOL 39

April 25, 2019
@ Grace Church

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.  

Grace Church has two parking lots. Enter via Dartmouth Dr or Harvard Blvd, off Salem Ave. If you need an accessible spot; the lot off Dartmouth would be best. There is plenty of street parking, too!

Emcees Heather Atkinson and Lela Klein
Speaker order will be announced at the event.
Chef Thomas Johnson: “Food for Thought - The Life of a Culinarian”
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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Joy!, Antidote To My Past Depression

@ VOL 39 ON APR 25, 2019

Jehanne Dufresne is originally from Haiti and a graduate of Wilberforce University. One of her passions is holistic health, and her presentation explores joy, a true feeling one can feel and use to overcome depression. Here she shares her own experiences and techniques on overcoming challenging times.

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The Importance of Context

@ VOL 39 ON APR 25, 2019

A word said in one context can mean something completely different in another. Too often, we get into arguments because what we think we heard was not what was meant. Mike Mitchell gives an introduction to why setting the context matters, and why it’s important for you to consider different perspectives.

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Strings Attached: A Love Letter to the Act of Crocheting

@ VOL 39 ON APR 25, 2019

Making things by hand can give a person a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment, and the act of making is often as rewarding as the finished product. For Bridget Shingleton Hutt, the act of crocheting is a vehicle not only for creating something new but also for finding peace of mind through meditation on the core concepts of the craft.

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Food for Thought - The Life of a Culinarian

@ VOL 39 ON APR 25, 2019

Chef Thomas Johnson has been in the culinary arts field for over 40 years and is a United States Naval veteran.  He is currently the Instructor/Director of a West Dayton-based culinary arts program, Dayton Cooks which provides skill development to students for employment opportunities.  Chef Thomas describes his career as a chef and how food and cooking has given him the opportunity to give back to the community and help others grown as individuals.

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Dominating My Discomfort

@ VOL 39 ON APR 25, 2019

Whether life has thrown her a curveball, or she has sought it out on her own, Corin Brewer  has maintained an uncanny habit of getting uncomfortable and finding growth from it again & again.  Here she's ready to share it all...the good, the bad & the ugly.

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Pew Baby

@ VOL 39 ON APR 25, 2019

Josh Weston is a musician and artist based in Dayton, Ohio. Here, Weston shares the story of how he came to exist on the planet. It wasn’t glamorous, it wasn’t planned, but it’s his story to tell. He shares with us the value of telling stories that make us uncomfortable.

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Collaboration, Community, and a Sweater

@ VOL 39 ON APR 25, 2019

Sean Mitchell is a Dayton advocate who fell into happiness via non-profit work over a decade ago. He believes that the Dayton community is "a gem built on innovation. Our current innovation is our collaboration and through the examples of a familiar neighbor, it can only take one person." 

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What's Your Why?

@ VOL 39 ON APR 25, 2019

Matthew Brandeberry has been influenced by people seeking to change the world around them in powerful ways. Through storytelling and creating experiences, he has sought to find out how much more we can accomplish when we come together. Here, Matthew explores the value of taking a look at what drives you by taking a look at what motivates those around you. Take the time ask yourself, What’s your Why?

Executive Chef/Director, Dayton Cooks @ Grace United Methodist Church in Dayton
Sean Mitchell
Non-Profit in Dayton
Mike Mitchell
Program Manager, writer
Matthew Brandeberry
Senior Exhibit Designer, Exhibit Concepts in Brookville