York's creatives draw you into their worlds on Thursday
York's rich history of craft inspired a series of events, called York: Crafted, that feature short lectures by some of the area's "makers and doers." These are people from a cross-section of different fields who create visceral experiences, organizer J.J. Sheffer said.
The first event, on June 24, drew about 80 people and featured seven speakers.
The next event will start at 7 p.m. Thursday at LSC Design Studio, 320 N. George St., York.
The Beer Ace will provide seasonal beer samples after doors open at 6 p.m.
Speakers: There will be eight speakers at this event: artist and educator Ophelia Chambliss; designer Peter Danko; Philip Given, owner of York City Pretzel Co.; writer and educator Vito Grippi; Jeff Hines, president and CEO of York Water Co.; state Rep. Kevin Schreiber, D-York City; videographer Gregory Timmons; and educator Greg Wimmer.
York: Crafted presenters use the Pechakucha format, which was designed to promote brevity, Sheffer said.
In Pechakucha presentations, a speaker uses 20 slides, displayed for 20 seconds each, to illustrate a concept.
To be able to use the Pechakucha name and have their events officially listed on Pechakucha's website, Sheffer said, organizers had to commit to hosting four events in a year. Thursday's event will count as the first, she said.
Anticipation: "I'm excited because I think that what I'm going to present is going to be very different from what the others are presenting," Chambliss said.
Chambliss, who teaches public speaking and media discourse analysis and is teaching a course on media activism with photography at Penn State Harrisburg, said she takes an intellectual approach to visual art.
A muralist as well as a designer, Chambliss takes rhetorical and mathematical concepts and turns them into pieces of visual art.
She said she will show the audience a piece she created based on theories of quantum physics and talk about the process by which she develops an image.
Innovation: "We've been approaching education the same way since the late 1800s," said Wimmer, social-studies facilitator at Central York High School.
Wimmer said he will be presenting on his experiences creating "authentic learning experiences" for his students.
One project he created culminated in a musical showcase at Central Market last May.
There were three stages to the project.
First, students analyzed social issues from around the world. Then they researched how the issues were being dealt with through art and music. In Stage Three, the students collaborated with local musicians to write songs, which musicians then performed.
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