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This week's City Focus brings us to Ellensburg located in central Washington. Ellensburg was founded in the late 19th century, and many of the buildings, such as the Historic Davidson Building, from that time still make for a rustic scene downtown. Given such charming flare Ellensburg has even developed its own language, in order to properly describe the various personalities of Ellensburg. Words such as adventuriest, to provide never-ending adventure. Let’s start off one the best Pechakucha-iest year in Ellensburg with the event on January 28. See everyone there!



This week we shine the PechaKucha People spotlight on PKN Ellensburg organizer, and executive director at Gallery One Visual Arts Center (where her PKN are hosted), Monica Miller, a champion of her community's talent and creativity. Having worked with arts organizations for over 15 years, Monica is dedicated to ensuring that her gallery is relevant to the community it serves, providing artists opportunities like PechaKucha Nights for networking, inspiration, and for a sustainable arts community! Monica holds a BA from the College of William and Mary and an MA from Johns Hopkins University in Museum Studies. She grew up as a military brat visiting museums around the world, and for a brief stint wanted to be a potter, and now makes ceramics dinosaur fossils with her five-year-old son, plans camping adventures with her artist husband, and rides her bike when time allows! Thanks Monica for your commitment to PechaKucha Nights in Ellensburg! 

"Your heart has the capacity to heal the whole world."

In Many Roads, One Way from PechaKucha Night Ellensburg Vol. 8, Angie Richter, owner of Ellensburg's Yoga Hot Spot, traveled many roads to find the one she had been searching for. Through a dedicated practice and constant learning, she found herself following the steps laid down for her by those before and discovering her inner journey.

"That landscape and rural culture around it not only continues to inspire the work I make as an artist but inspires me as a husband and father, as a friend and a human."

In Rural Famous at PechaKucha Night Ellensburg Vol.7,  Justin Beckman shares his love of "open spaces". His journey from the smoggy city of Los Angeles to the rural views of Ellensburg have led him to create photography that highlight the beauty of rural landscapes and accentuates the differences between rural and city life. 

The Tourist, The Voyeur


“She is the mother of us, all of us, alive or dead.”

In The Tourist, The Voyeur from Pechakucha Night Ellensburg’s 5th volume, presenter  Xavier Cavazos poetically introduces us, the voyeur, the tourist, to the people, the streets, the grandmothers of Havana.  In a mesmerizing rhythm, we are drawn into unknown territory.



The PechaKucha People Spotlight shifts to on-target PowWow attendee, Sara Jones, rock star PechaKucha organizer of Ellensburg, Washington, USA. As a school psychologist, board member of a local arts organizations, and spirited adventure seeker, she is fully engaged in her community and it's creativity. About PK, she shares, "...for the Ellensburg community and communities around the world, PK has provided a platform for all kinds of people to share their creative ideas that changes the conversation to make a positive, productive contribution to the community."

You're awesome Sara, and we love you!