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PechaKucha Vol. 28 Closes out Fall Art Hop Activities

September 8, 2023. St. Joseph, MICH. — Members of the community, friends, families, and all those in between are cordially invited to attend the 28th volume of PechaKucha 20x20 St. Joseph/Benton Harbor. The ticketed event takes place outdoors at the Ghostlight Theatre in Benton Harbor on Friday, September 22, 2023, from 8:30 – 10:30 pm. Doors open at 7:30 pm, enjoy snacks and a cash bar after exploring the Benton Harbor ArtHop! 

Your five-dollar ticket supports future PechaKucha events in our community and is available online at and also at the door. A limited amount of chairs will be provided - it is encouraged to bring your own seat when available. If the event has to move inside due to weather issues, seating is limited to the first 120 ticket purchasers. Additional purchasers will receive a link to experience the evening virtually.

PechaKucha’s – meaning “chit chat” in Japanese presentation format shows 20 images, each for 20 seconds. In other words, presenters get 400 seconds to tell their story, with visuals guiding the way. PechaKucha St. Joseph/Benton Harbor has been bringing local creatives to center-stage for seven years in 2022, and Volume 28 brings more creative stories! There is an excellent lineup of presenters for this special event, including:

  • VicShonda Newbern
  • JoAnn Dunning 
  • Mamie Yarbrough 
  • Corey Neeley 
  • Nicole Dherde 
  • Jeanette Thompson 
  • Carl Kutsmode 
  • Joy Bradley
  • Julee Laurent
  • Doug Peterson

Follow PechaKucha SJ/BH on Facebook and Instagram as we reveal the details for each presenter at Volume 28! @pechakuchasjbh

Following is a link to purchase tickets for the event:

Whether you have been to all 28 volumes or this is your first, this fun and communal evening spent engaging with local artists and community members is sure to enlighten your evening.

This creative outlet began as nighttime get-togethers in Tokyo in 2003 by two renowned architects. Since then, three million people have attended PechaKucha events worldwide. Inspired by their desire to "talk less, show more," Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Tokyo's Klein-Dytham Architecture (KDA) created PechaKucha in February 2003 as a way to attract people to their experimental event space in Roppongi, Japan, and to enable young designers to meet, show their work, and exchange ideas in 6 minutes and 40 seconds.

In 2003, Tokyo began hosting PK Nights, followed over the years by hundreds of other cities across the globe. As of April 2019, PechaKucha nights had been held in more than 1,142 cities worldwide and attended by more than 3 million people. It’s no surprise PechaKucha has been described as the world's biggest physical social network! The key to the success is the simple format where presenters only get 20 images shown for 20 seconds each -- giving anyone a chance to present their recent project or passion.

Many cities often lack spaces where creative people can share their work, so PechaKucha is about exposing the hidden creativity in a city. PechaKucha nights are organized by local passionate and enthusiastic people with backgrounds in many creative fields.

Krasl Art Center and individual volunteers collaborate to bring this engaging event to the community. Are you looking to get involved in planning future events? Email [email protected].

PechaKucha events provide excellent photo and video opportunities.


Photo by Scott R. Gane Photography.

About Krasl Art Center:

Krasl Art Center is a nonprofit art museum and learning center that enriches the lives of people living in or visiting Southwest Michigan by delivering enlightening art experiences through diverse education opportunities, meaningful events, and high-quality exhibits and collections. KAC’s mission is to Inspire Meaningful Change and Strengthen Community through the visual arts. To learn more, visit

About Ghostlight Theatre: The Ghostlight Theatre, an innovative playhouse with a mission to enlighten, inspire, and illuminate Benton Harbor and the surrounding region, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. To learn more visit

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