Press release submitted by The Figge
Davenport, Iowa (February 27, 2013) – PechaKucha Nights are coming to the Quad Cities starting this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Figge Art Museum.
PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, or hobbies in the PechaKucha 20x20 format. This format allows presenters to show 20 slides for 20 seconds each (six minutes and 40 seconds in total) to keep presentations concise and fast-paced. The images advance automatically and the presenter talks along to the images.
Devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture, the first PechaKucha Night was held in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network and show their work in public. Now, they are held in over 600 cities around the world by a city organizer. According to Davenport's city organizer Melissa Hueting, Director of Education at the Figge, "PechaKucha Nights provide a perfect environment for idea-sharing and we are excited to see community members come together and celebrate a passion for creativity and life-long learning through this informal yet informative opportunity."
The first PechaKucha Night in Davenport will feature seven presenters including Mayor Gluba who will speak about RiverVision. Gluba said, "The Figge Art Museum is a great community asset, and I commend its staff for the creativity and hard work they have put into developing PechaKucha Night in Davenport. We have a lot of creative, artistic people in the Quad Cities area so I am looking forward to seeing the other presentations. I encourage everyone who can to join us at this fun, free event.'"
Other participants include: local photographer Joshua Ford of Ford Photography, Davenport Schools Foundation Program Director Gene Conrad, Black Girls United! Founder/Director Shanna Cramer, local artist Steve Banks, map collector H. Dee Hoover and Community Arts Director Jessi Black of Quad City Arts.
Museum admission is free on Thursday evenings and this event will include free light appetizers beginning at 5:30 p.m. along with a cash bar. Thursday is the first of many PechaKucha Nights the Figge will be hosting. For more information on future dates, visit www.figgeartmuseum.org. If you are interested in becoming a presenter please contact Melissa Hueting at firstname.lastname@example.org.