Past Ellensburg Event: VOL 8

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January 20, 2017
@ Gallery One Visual Arts Center

On the day of our presidential inauguration, come join your community to hear personal stories related to the theme of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their stories, ideas, works, thoughts  -- just about anything, really -- in the PechaKucha 20x20 format. It's a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. Anyone can present -- this is the beauty of PechaKucha Nights. 

Doors open at 6:30, talks start 7pm. Cash bar.

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Many Roads, One Way

@ VOL 8 ON JAN 20, 2017

"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.

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Emergency Compassion Technician

@ VOL 8 ON JAN 20, 2017

Jose Diaz, has spent years treating what ails you. His experience has taken him to the cold, dark land of Alaska to now Ellensburg where he is confronted daily with pain and the strength that compassion and comfort plays in modern medicine.

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Yakima Music Creates Action

@ VOL 8 ON JAN 20, 2017

Bringing music to the lives of the young children of YAMA (Yakima Music en Accion) has taught Jenny Humphrey that life is worth overcoming  her personal fears. Many of these children, affected by the current presidential administration put their own fears aside to make music, build bonds and strengthens character.

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Doing Time for Tagging

@ VOL 8 ON JAN 20, 2017

During an internship at Gallery One and winter quarter at Central Washington University, Adrian Lee risked losing it all through an impulsive decision that put him in prison for two months. Now released, he shares his thoughts of incarceration and graffiti.

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Doing Good Work

@ VOL 8 ON JAN 20, 2017

John Littel shares the joy of lending his carpentry skills in Haiti. Over the many years of volunteering, John has helped construct churches, a women’s clinic, and an orphanage. Why God made him a carpenter was to support the efforts of many to help those in need.  Through “Building Goodness” John is helping to rebuild lives.

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African 1, American 2

@ VOL 8 ON JAN 20, 2017


A true story, in the style of Dr. Seuss, Bruce Conway Dickinson shares his journey from war in Zimbabwe to true love in America.  His ballad covers his hopes and dreams and fears of liberty, coming out as Gay, and the multiple forms of love he has experienced in his life. Now, a resident of Kittitas County, Bruce and his husband Chris have built a home together with Liberty’s flame lighting the way.

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One Snowflake's Path

@ VOL 8 ON JAN 20, 2017

Dan Witkowski survived frostbite after being stuck on a mountain for five days alone, but not without a cost. The love of the outdoors instilled upon him at an early age with his father, never left him, despite losing his feet. Today, he is constantly inventing and redefining the tools available to get him back on the slopes on to the next adventure.

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The Fight for Democracy

@ VOL 8 ON JAN 20, 2017

Deployed to Iraq to defend “Liberty and Freedom” in 2004, Brett Wachsmith feels privileged to have been a part of the efforts, perfect or not. Brett puts democracy into prospective by comparing the current struggle in America to those worldwide. Today he serves as the Kittitas County Treasurer, embracing diversity and with a call for unity form both sides of the aisle to preserve our liberties for years to come.

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Life Undocumented

@ VOL 8 ON JAN 20, 2017

Yazmin Aguilar’s collegiate research at Central Washington University is based on the academic stress level of undocumented college students. This timely talk on the “American Dream” brings the Constitution to life through Yazmin’s story. Currently students have the option to “DREAM”, but for how much longer?

Jose Diaz
Physician Assistant in Ellensburg
Dan Witkowski
Recreational Manager in Ellensburg
Jenny Humphrey
Musician, Teacher, Yakima Music en Acción in Ellensburg
John Littel
Carpenter in Ellensburg
Bruce Conway Dickinson
Handyman in Ellensburg
Angie Richter
Studio Owner & Instructor, Ellensburg Yoga Hotspot in Ellensburg
Adrian Lee
in Ellensburg
Brett Wachsmith
Kittitas County Treasurer in Ellensburg