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PechaKucha Night Cleveland – Volume 18 List of Presenters

I honestly can’t believe the amazing list of presenters that is slated to take the stage of the House of Blues on May 24th. Representing art, photography, community development, woodworking, comedy, young adults in government, music, a medical device museum, the amazingness that is Solstice and of course Hula-Hoops, this is going to be one heck of an evening….


Shannon Okey – Publisher / Designer, Cooperative Press – Shannon is a knitwear designer and editor, as well as the owner of the independent publishing company Cooperative Press.

Graham Veysey & Marika Shioiri-Clark – While both presenters could each give their own amazing presentations about anything varying from Owning an amazing Firehouse, Running for Congress, running a Media Production Company, battling inequality and designing hospitals in Rwanda, or running a not-for-profit design group, they will combining their amazing intellect and vast background of experiences to talk about Hingetown in Ohio City and who knows what else…..

Michael Pultz – What would a concert of 42 bands, with 169 of the areas finest musicians look like….especially when none of the musicians had EVER played together before look like. It would look like The Lottery League. Michael Pultz is a programmer, producer and host of The Defend Cleveland Show on WRUW-FM 91.1 Cleveland, Music Manager of Loop, Coffee-Art-records and co-creator of The Lottery League and will be talking about….well….you’ll have to come to find out.

Peter Debelak – Founder of Soulcraft Wooshop will be talking about the one-of-a-kind community woodworking shop which allows the general public to access the woodshop to use as their own…..pretty amazing stuff.

Faith McFluff – Faith has brought the wave of hula-hooping to Cleveland, opened Rock Star Rehab and is a Hoop Dance Instructor at several Cleveland Dance Shops. Hopefully in addition to an amazing presentation we’ll all walk out with a few tips and perhaps a demonstration of the magic that is the hula-hoop!

Bryce Slyvester – Cuyahoga Next Generation Council – What happens when a major political leader determines that involvement in government from young adults could be a key component piece of driving growth in a region? You get a council that has been established to give young adults a voice and a real conduit to affect positive change in a region.

Joe Whelan (JJ Whales) – It is no longer a secret that there is a HUGE comedy presence growing here in Cleveland. Joe is an important part of that scene and we can’t wait to hear what he is going to be talking about!

David Kennedy – David is the Program Manager Assistant at Tri-C’s Recording Arts Technology program. He spends a lot of time showing people what an amazing space Tri-C has with their recording arts studio and is a dedicated follower of the local music scene and music business.

James Edmonson – Chief Curator at the Dittrick Museum at Case Western Reserve University, James is responsible for curating a remarkable rich collection of rare medical books, archives and medical objects. The artifacts range in period and scope from ancient surgical instructions to contemporary medical technology. Current on exhibit at the museum is the recently acquired Percy Skuy Collection on the History of Human Contraception which includes over 650 artifacts that depict the social and cultural climate that influenced birth control decisions in this country.

Clarissa Westmeyer – Clarissa is a photographer and proud Cleveland resident, who frequents many local restaurants armed with an appetite and her camera. In addition to her commercial work, she is also a part of the Edible Cleveland team and we can’t wait to hear what she has to say and show!

Alex Sheen – Alex started a social movement dedicated to the importance of commitment and the promises we make. Through charitable projects, “because I said I would” motivates others to make a positive impact on our world. Unbelievable.

Tom Welsh – Tom is the Associate Director of Music Programming at the Cleveland Museum of Art. In addition to the amazing work he does all year, he is also the visionary behind one of the best parties that happens all year – the CMA’s Summer Solstice party.


Important civic gateway or suburban office bldg?

I had planned on waiting until Thursday to write a quick post about the skywalk debate/panel discussion set to take place on Wednesday evening in the Underdog. That was until I woke up this morning and saw the article on by Steve Litt about an effort to hide the existing Amtrak Station (Photo, Click Here, Courtesty of with (drum-roll please) landscaping.

While it would be difficult to build a credible argument that the existing Amtrak station is a beautiful piece of modern architecture from the 70′s, I find it hard to believe that landscaping is our best option for dealing with the complaint from the Global Center for Health Innovation – GCHI – (formerly known as the Medical Mart and Convention Center) that the Amtrak station is an eyesore as seen from its truly remarkable new grand ballroom. In an urban environment, adjacent what will likely become an important lakefront piece of property very soon, it seems unlikely that we should deploy the same design device (landscaping) oftentimes used to mask suburban office buildings from the parking lots that serve them. I really believe that the importance of this site warrants something with a little more impact than landscaping. Unless you are talking about landscaping at the scale of Weiss Manfredi’s Olympic Sculpture Park (photo – CLICK HERE), couldn’t we begin to consider tackling the various issues at the site collectively instead of individually. While the context of the site has changed quite a bit since the 2009 Cleveland Design Competition, with the GCHI now complete with its remarkable views to Lake Erie, perhaps there is a discussion worth entertaining about how we get from downtown Cleveland to the Lakefront, create an appropriate civic transit gateway with a new multi-modal transportation center, all while ensuring the GCHI’s connection to the Lakefront is enhanced. I’m sure landscaping will improve the view from the GCHI ballroom, but I think the City and the GCHI deserve something spectacular, not just better.


Well its about time…

MONTHS after setting up this webpage, after realizing how inappropriate it was to have a webpage that aggregates everything you are passionate about, and NOT keep it up to date, I FINALLY took the time to set everything up!

While I’m not quite sure how I am going to use the site, with the background info now here, I am really hoping to be able to use the site to highlight and talk about important downtown Cleveland issues/developments (skywalks, public square, lakefront, etc…) and post random updates on some of the projects I have been fortunate to be a part of over the years. While I had high hopes for the ability of Facebook to allow people to have civil discussions and in depth, thoughtful conversations about important issues, it seems unlikely that people spend time reading through lengthy Facebook posts. Perhaps a better alternative to providing more in-depth information about a topic you care a great deal about, might be to blog about the topic and provide a concise summary and link on places like Facebook and Twitter, so that anyone interested in participating in the discussion further can do so at their own discretion!

For my first post, I will be writing about the debate that I am participating in on Wednesday evening in the basement of the Happy Dog (Underdog). The debate will be around the skywalk discussion that has polarized quite a few people in the City of Cleveland as we try to understand context and encourage smart civic decisions This debate is a dry run of a new initiative meant to make us all better at disagreeing with one another and having that disagreement yield mutual respect for someone with a differing opinion. More to come on that as well!