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We haven't scheduled our next PechaKucha Night yet, but in the meantime you can watch some presentations, look at our map to see if there are any scheduled PKNs in nearby cities, or have a look at the long list of upcoming events, to see if there's one you can attend!

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Transcending Trump

@ VOL 41 ON MAY 24, 2018

How Linda Carleton has responded to political events she found herself unable to cope with and discovered both moments of serenity and renewed activism in the process.

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@ VOL 41 ON MAY 24, 2018

Kelly shares her struggles with chronic pain and the extremes to which she has gone to regain control of her life and begin to advocate for herself and others in the pain community.

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Optimism through Compassion and Coincidence

@ VOL 41 ON MAY 24, 2018

Katie Brown discovered dead bodies twice before she was 10 years old.  This is the story of one of those discoveries and what transpired thereafter.

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Open Bench Project

@ VOL 41 ON MAY 24, 2018

Jake Ryan founded the OBP with a mind toward providing a place for people to gather around the idea of sharing skills, knowledge, and resources concerning the maker movement, about the process of identifying, collecting and fostering the OBP community, about what makes it “community”. He shares some of the struggles he had to endure for that distinction.

He speaks about what he is doing there, why he advocates for it and why it is both constructive and creative.

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A Reason for Optimism: Good People Doing Great Work

@ VOL 41 ON MAY 24, 2018

Bob Keyes is an award winning arts reporter for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram.  In his work, he sees cause for optimism in many of the places he casts his eyes. People doing heroic things to help others. Arts organizations and other community non-profits devising plans and projects to lift their neighbors and neighborhoods. Playwrights and novelists and other big-idea thinkers presenting issues, ideas and solutions to some of the most vexing conundrums of our times.

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Smashing the Stigma of Mental Illness

@ VOL 41 ON MAY 24, 2018

Alison Ingalls talks about a story of dealing with depression and finding hope.

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On the UP BEAT with TEMPOart

@ VOL 41 ON MAY 24, 2018

Alice Spencer talks about Tempo Art, an initiative in Portland Maine to bring Temporary installations of Public Art of meaning to the local community and urban and cultural context.

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Concrete Gallery

@ VOL 41 ON MAY 24, 2018

Abbeth Russell is an artist, performer and teacher.  She strives to connect with all living things and other realms. Her natural habitat is downtown Portland where she can be found selling her art, juggling or playing harmonica with her band the Bumbling Woo hahs!  When not performing or selling her art on the street, she might be touring with the artists of the Hidden Ladder Collective or making art and teaching.



The Story and The Silence

"I went to college, got a BFA in photography, and swore that I would never, ever, shoot weddings."In 
The Story and The Silence from PechaKucha Night Portland Maine Vol. 30, Andree Kehn shares her work as wedding photographer who specializes in outrageous matrimonies of non-traditional couples. Her eclectic background informs the way she sees the world around her.  Her search for connection in the lonely life of creative-arts self-employment has driven her to work on a personal project of underwater fine art portraits, in which she explores themes of communication and story.

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About the City's Organizers

  • David Swardlick

    David is a partner at the Food and Wellness Group, a Portland, Maine-based, specialized, brand development and strategic marketing firm focused on the food industry. He also manages Greater Good Works, a brand development consultancy. Focused on sustainable brands, corporate social responsibility, higher education and the not-for-profit sector, the firm’s mission is to help purpose-driven organizations achieve great things. Previously, David headed a marketing agency that, for more than 25 years, produced high-visibility programs to promote Maine tourism and economic development, and developed national marketing campaigns for consumer brands, commodity groups, as well as universities and colleges. In addition to his business activities, David is a long-standing member of the board of the Maine Center for Creativity, a nonprofit organization whose mission is: To create alliances between arts and industry to help make Maine more vibrant economically and culturally, and to build Maine’s visibility as a place where creativity and innovation thrive. David graduated from Colby College with a BA in Art, and earned his masters degree in Media and Technology at Boston University.