E023.2 PKN Pittsburgh vol. 25 – Nina Chase

This is the second interview featuring presenters for Pittsburgh’s 25th Pecha Kucha Night. This one features Nina Chase.

Before we get going, check out the Facebook page for PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh for details about the event. For newcomers to the format, the AIGA YouTube Channel has videos of past events.

And subscribe to the podcast on iTunes so you don’t miss the other interviews.

Nina Chase is a transplanted West Virginian, in Pittsburgh by way of Boston, where she was an associate at Sasaki Associates.

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Image from Sasaki Associates

She’s Senior Project Manager at Riverlife Pittsburgh now, seeing through things like that plan for the Strip District.

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Image from Riverlife Pittsburgh

She’s talking about urban prototyping. Think things like Open Streets Pittsburgh [link will play music].

Here’s a picture of the tackle box game we played.

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And here’s a picture of a least weasel.

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Visit her website, chuckle at the Bruce Springsteen reference, and come see her presentation at PKN on October 6.

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E023.1 PKN Pittsburgh vol. 25 – Amanda Gross

This is the first interview featuring presenters for Pittsburgh’s 25th Pecha Kucha Night. This one features Amanda Gross.

Before we get going, check out the Facebook page for PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh for details about the event. For newcomers to the format, the AIGA YouTube Channel has videos of past events.

And subscribe to the podcast on iTunes so you don’t miss the other interviews.

Amanda Gross is a transplanted Atlantan, living and working in Pittsburgh for the last few years. You might know her if you helped knit the bridge.

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Her presentation is on the artwork she’s created for her blog, Mistress Syndrome, which is “part of a lifelong journey of personal and collective healing from the multi-layered, generational trauma of what it means to be a white woman.”

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Amanda Gross | mistresssyndrome.com

Visit her blog, make sure to check out the gallery, and come see her presentation at PKN on October 6.

E019.2 PKN Pittsburgh vol. 23 – Welcoming Pittsburgh

This is the second interview featuring presenters for PKN Pittsburgh vol. 23.

Before we get going, check out the Facebook page for PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh for details about the event. For newcomers to the format, the AIGA YouTube Channel has videos of past events.

And subscribe to the podcast on iTunes so you don’t miss the other interviews.

Welcoming Pittsburgh is a plan by Mayor Bill Peduto to make Pittsburgh more welcoming to refugees and immigrants.

Elizabeth Heidenreich earned a spot as an advisor to the plan through her work with the South Hills Interfaith Movement.

Betty Cruz serves as Deputy Chief of Special Initiatives for the Office of Mayor William Peduto. Welcoming Pittsburgh is just one of the programs she’s working on.

And 30 Neighbors, 30 Days is just one facet of that program. Follow @WelcomingPGH on Twitter and search the hashtag IamPGH for more info, and keep an eye out in the coming months for other Welcoming Pittsburgh projects.

And as always, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes

E019.1 PKN Pittsburgh vol. 23 – Francis Crisafio

This is the first interview featuring presenters for PKN Pittsburgh vol. 23. It’s with local artist Francis Crisafio.

Before we get going, check out the Facebook page for PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh for details about the event. For newcomers to the format, the AIGA YouTube Channel has videos of past events.

And subscribe to the podcast on iTunes so you don’t miss the other interviews.

Francis Crisafio was born and raised in Lawrenceville, where his father was a barber for 80 years. His father, recently deceased, is the subject of Samsons Hair Repaired, a way of looking at him, his neighborhood, and his longtime clientele.

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His PKN presentation will focus on another project, Holdup in the Hood, where children on Pittsburgh’s North Side create self-portraits. The larger body of work that incorporates drawings, re-cycled photographs, print media and body gesture to explore issues of race, class and gender.

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Images from the project have been exhibited since 2006, and most recently the project was a finalist for a 2015 LensCulture Exposure Award. It will be exhibited in London beginning in May 2016, and Francis also hopes to publish a book on the project in the near future.

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Keep an eye out for that.

And as always, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes

S03E02.3 PKN Pittsburgh vol. 20 – Maranie Rae Staab

This is the third of three interviews for Pecha Kucha Night Pittsburgh, vol. 20. It’s with photographer Maranie Rae Staab.

Before we get going, check out the Facebook page for PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh for details about the event.

And subscribe to the podcast on iTunes so you don’t miss the other two interviews.

Maranie Rae is a photojournalist and has been documenting social issues with her camera for the past few years. Here’s a small selection of photos from her website.

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Children of Uganda

A Ugandan Wedding

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Click any of those and find more at maranierae.com.

Contact her on any of these:

Facebook
Instagram
Email

Maranie has several social issues that she is working to raise awareness on including acid attacks on women [graphic image warning] and human trafficking. She is involved with a Pittsburgh-based NGO called “The Project to End Human Trafficking”. Visit their website to find out how you can help.

And as always, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

*Updated on 4/3/2016 to include video of PKN v20.

S03E02.2 PKN Pittsburgh vol. 20 – Annie Liu

This is the second of three interviews for Pecha Kucha Night Pittsburgh, vol. 20. It’s with Pitt PhD student Annie Liu.

Before we get going, check out the Facebook page for PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh for details about the event.

And subscribe to the podcast on iTunes so you don’t miss the other two interviews.

Annie is doing experiments to create a model of a mouse’s olfactory system, the part of the brain that processes smell. She uses dye to create these beautiful images of the brain:

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They also happen to be very important to her research.

You can also follow her on Twitter. She has intelligent things to say, so if you’re on Twitter that might not be your thing.

And as always, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes

*Updated on 4/3/16 to include video of PKN v20