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Lana DeFrancesco

Professional volunteer , Box Factory for the Arts, Krasl Art Center & PechaKucha in St. Joseph/Benton Harbor United States

I'm a BIG PechaKucha fan! I don't meet new people, I meet potential PechaKucha presenters. I don't listen to my friend's conversations, I draft their PechaKucha titles in my head. I believe everyone should tell their stories.. over.. and over.. again.

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St. Joseph - Small Town, Big Heart

@ VOL 134 ON MAR 18, 2016

"The only way to shed light on ignorance and resentment is to talk about it."

In St. Joseph - Small Town, Big Heart, from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 134, Lana Rappette, Assistant and Communications Lead for the Whirlpool Creatives Association reveals that St Joseph, MI is far more than just a sleepy summer tourist destination on the shore of Lake Michigan. Sure, St Joseph has its sandy beaches and an agricultural  industry fit for making apple pies, but it also has a thriving, respected and close knit arts community. One that is immune to city borders and has helped heal relationships and restore the beauty in the neighboring city of Benton Harbor. PechaKucha St Joseph was started just one year ago in early 2015. Now all people, everyday people, have a chance to share ideas and fun doing it! The city hopes to fuel a positive and creative culture through its PechaKucha platform.

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The Things People Said and How I Landed in Tokyo

@ VOL 5 ON MAY 19, 2016

Lana Rappette is an assistant at Whirlpool Corporation and a PechaKucha city planner. She recently attended the Pecha Kucha Global PowWow in Tokyo, Japan  (March 2016) and will talk us through that trip - and how she got there!

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From Scrapbook To Sketchbook

@ VOL 8 ON MAR 23, 2017

How do you bounce back creatively after a divorce, when you've been scrapbooking your perfect life for years? You trade in those expensive stickers for a sharpie pen! Lana Rappette talks about how her scrapbook hobby evolved to drawing cartoons in her PK "From Scrapbook to Scetchbook."

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Grand Rapids @ Noto's Old World Italian
Sep 07, 2016

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St Joseph @ Box Factory for the Arts
May 19, 2016

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Tokyo @ SuperDeluxe
Mar 18, 2016