No matter how you prefer to say it, the first-ever PechaKucha event in Danville was a thoughtful success!
Held Thursday night at the Community Arts Center, more than 70 attendees were treated to 10 varied presentations on a diverse set of topics.
The presenters and names of their presentations were:
- Amy Potts, Preservation Kentucky – “Preservation of Kentucky’s Rural Heritage”
- Brandon Long Programming Director at the Community Arts Center – “How to Make a Bamboo Guitar Body”
- Beau Weston, Professor of Sociology at Centre College – “The World is Getting Better”
- Stephen Scott, Poet – “Park Poems”
- Jacob Gahm, Farmer – “Freedom, Grow Your Own”
- Lori Rice, Food writer and nutritionist – “Exploring the World One Market at a Time”
- Sharon Piper-Martin, Garden Coach – “Seedstarting: Easy as…Mud…Pie”
- Klint Arnold, General Manager at Starbucks – “From Tree to Cup”
- Griffin Van Meter, Co-Owner of Bullhorn Marketing – “Kentucky for Kentucky”
- Maria Montgomery, Former Miss Kentucky USA and Model – “Living a Big City Life with a Small Town Heart”
Each presenter was limited to 20 PowerPoint slides with durations of 20 seconds per slide, totaling in 6 minutes and 40 seconds.
“In trying to summarize the evening, I keep coming back to one word: Cool,” said Charlie Cox, Interim Executive Director of the Danville/Boyle County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the organization responsible for the production of the event.
“It is exciting that Danville is now one of three PechaKucha cities in Kentucky, joining Lexington and Louisville. Danville just keeps getting more and more interesting,” said Cox, who praised CVB Visitor Center Coordinator Amandlin Ryan for having the vision and drive to produce the event. “Without Mandy’s passion, this night would not have happened.”
PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. It has since expanded to include more than 400 cities worldwide. Danville is now one of them.
Attendees were also able to snack on treats donated by Karamel Kreations, The Hub, The Twisted Sifter, and Community Arts Center. The CVB would like to thank CAC staff Bobbie Curd and Brandon Long, as well as the Heart of Danville’s Missy Angolia and Adam Johnson for their assistance in producing the event.
Three more PechaKucha nights are being planned in Danville for the remainder of 2012, with details to be announced soon. If you are interested presenting at a future PechaKucha, please email Cox or Ryan. You can also call the CVB at (859) 236-7794.