Saturday, February 20, 2010

Vol. 4 Presenter Profile: Andrea Ajemian

Presentation Topic: The Amazing Talent in Hollywoo.

By making films in Worcester, I've found amazing visual artists, writers, actors, and musicians, who together get to showcase their talents on screen. Providing opportunities for local artists is my passion.

Andrea Ajemian - Film Producer/Actress

Andrea has produced four feature length films in the last eight years. Her first two features, Rutland, USA and Freedom Park, won multiple film-festival awards and ran in select theaters in New England. She produced the award winning teen drama Still Green, which was released nationally on DVD in October of 2009 through Osiris Entertainment. Andrea produced and edited her latest film, BoyBand, which was shot entirely in Massachusetts during the summer of 2008. A teen comedy about the first ever boyband set in 1982, the film stars: Robert Hoffman (Step Up II, She's the Man), Michael Copon (Scorpion King II, One Tree Hill), Ryan Hansen (Veronica Mars, Party Down), Ming Na (The Joy Luck Club, ER), Kurt Fuller (Ray, The Pursuit of Happiness, Alias), and more. The film recently screened for distributors in Los Angeles. Andrea was profiled in the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine during the summer of 2009, and in addition to producing a number of award-winning short films, she produces/hosts the YouTube honored online travel show about Central, Massachusetts called Worcester Love. Her production company Artigo/Ajemian Films is based in Worcester, Massachusetts. More about her work can be found at:

Friday, February 19, 2010

Global Day for Haiti is Tomorrow!

Global PechaKucha Day for Haiti, Worcester Vol 4. is tomorrow!

Doors open tomorrow at 7pm for mingling and drinks.
Presentations Start at 8pm
$20 suggestion donation at the door.

Parking is available at 55 pearl in the lower lot, parking garage as well as on the street.
55 Pearl restaurant opens for dinner at 4 with a tavern menu also available in the lower bar.

We are very excited about tomorrows line up of presenters!

Nicole Valentine, Helen Beaumont, Daniel Burke, Benjamin Caras, Junior Belisea, Andrea Ajemian, Kaz Gamble, and J Stu Esty. Sharing their passion for their community, their art, the ongoing work that needs to be done in Haiti and first hand stories from the ground. This is certainly the broadest scope of topics we've ever offered at PechaKucha Night Worcester.

We are also excited about going LIVE to the World in the global wave on ustream!
watch the 24 hour wave here:

All this is in the name of GIVING

We understand that many of you may have given already to relief efforts in Haiti but the need is ongoing and becomes more crucial as time passes. The rainy season is soon approaching and with out adequate shelter, disease will spread fast. Architecture for Humanity has a vision for the long term survival of Haiti. You can view their plan for reconstruction here:

you can also donate online:

Spread the word, bring your friends, and Thank You for your continuing enthusiasm for PechaKucha Worcester!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Rebuilding A Future: Giving and presenters Nicole Valentine and Dan Burke

PechaKucha Worcester Vol 4 is a fundraiser with the aim of rebuilding a future for Haiti.

Even if you are unable to attend on Feb 20th you can still make a donation through First Giving. All the proceeds go directly into Architecture for Humanity's 501c3 account towards actual reconstruction, all the other costs have already been covered!

The evening in Worcester will consist of presentations by artists, community builders, know, our usual eclectic mix of Worcester Creatives!

Announcing presenters Nicole Valentine and Daniel Burke

Nicole Valentine, Director of Emergency Services/Public Affairs American Red Cross of Central Massachusetts.
Her Topic:
The work to date with Haiti, and how we are working in our community, across the country and around the globe.

Daniel Burke will be presenting 6 min and 40 secs of acoustic grand piano set to images from Architecture for Humanity and Haiti. Thank you to Daniel Burke for his musical vision.

Pecha Kucha for Haiti, Worcester Vol 4 Feb 20th at 55 Pearl
Presentations start at 8pm.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Vol 4 Presenter Profile: Helen Beaumont

Helen Beaumont
From farming to fashion- How does one visit to an art museum for a child transform their life?
ARTS: the nectar of our community- how it brings our city to life connecting us to each other.


Helen Sheldon Beaumont lives her life at the intersection of art and commerce. She has spent her 18-year career with the Estee Lauder Companies Inc. blending marketing and successful business development with make-up artistry. Ms. Beaumont is the chair of the Worcester Cultural Commission, a volunteer body dedicated to promoting the cultural affairs of the City of Worcester and allocating hundreds of thousand of dollars in state grants to meet the cultural needs of the city and its community.
Ms. Beaumont was born in Vermont and raised on a farm in rural Ohio, where she began singing in barns and churches at age 5. Brought back to New England a decade ago by her career, she settled in Worcester and quickly became enmeshed in the cultural life of the city. She can be heard performing around New England with the traditional ska band Guns of Navarone and also spreading her beloved gospel-influenced country music to the area by sitting in with other bands.

website links

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

An Important Message from Cameron Sinclair

A Message from Cameron Sinclair

We include here a message from Architecture for Humanity founder Cameron Sinclair that should give everyone a better idea of what the “Global PechaKucha Day for Haiti” event really means, what’s at stake, and how you can participate.

Haiti Fatigue.

It’s a phrase we will begin to hear over the next few weeks. The fact is more people died in Haiti than in the 12 countries affected by the ‘04 Tsunami. Oh, and rainy season begins in 8 days. So this natural disaster IS a big deal and it’s going to get rough.

We are not the first responders, we’re the last responders and we’re in for the long haul. We estimate having teams in Haiti for 4 years but we will only do that with the financial support of others. Thanks to the amazing Mark Dytham and Astrid Klein we’re going to change that.

We are one week away from launching Pecha Kucha for Haiti – the worlds largest distributed conference. This will be a 24 hour Pecha Kucha (20×20 style) in more than 100 cities – with 2000 presentations. 100% of all donations/proceeds will go towards building schools and community centers in Haiti.

I’d love it if you got involved in some way.

We are looking for a few more (local) speakers?

With more than 100 cities participating there is no need to fly, no dodgy hotel to overnight in and no lost luggage. We’re making all speakers local. You live in NYC, then speak in NYC, If you are in Zilina, Czech – sorry it’s full! | Can’t find your city and are very ambitious? – email Mark Dytham ( ) and host one.

*personally after doing DLD, Davos and TED, I’m excited by a conference that doesn’t require 1000+ to fly from one corner of the earth to another. Could this be the future of conferences?

What does a presentation look like?

We are looking for ‘virtual’ presentations?

So you are busy, we understand. Mark and Astrid have a cunning plan. Thanks to sponsors Ustream and Rackspace we can pre-record a presentation and we can show it as we move around the world. Brian LeBarton (Beck) & Francesco Valentino just composed one – music only.

Spare 400 or 20 seconds?

You can be brave and do a full 20×20 (20 slides x 20 seconds = 6 min 40 sec) OR if you are really, really busy – just contribute 20 seconds of audio (and we’ll put in a slide). You can just say something like ‘I’m TKTK and do TKTK. I care about creating a sustainable and economically sound future for Haiti. Let’s Build Back Better with Architecture for Humanity.’

OK, what about someone else’s time?

You all know famous designers, engineers, musicians, artists and other creative spirits. Even celebrities. Admit it. Heck, NYC has Florian Idenburg, Gregg Pasquarelli, Craig Dykers and Iwan Baan to name a few – all talking about what they know best. What’s your city got?

Why so serious?

Look it is our job to be serious. We are immensely fortunate to work alongside communities and build their hopes and dreams. The work isn’t depressing, it is awesome. If you want to present, please be upbeat and speak on the sublime to the ridiculous. No one wants 24 hours of depressing visions, that’s called CNN. So seriously. Entertain, inspire and most importantly – be passionate.

To present email me and I’ll connect you to the right people.
To pre-record email Mark
To attend, show up and make a donation.

By the way this email took you 6 min 40 seconds to read. So you do have the time! (I kid)



Chief Eternal Optimist @ Architecture for Humanity
848 Folsom Street, Suite 201, San Francisco, CA 94107-1173
W: 415 963 3511 | M: 646 765 0906

Architecture for Humanity is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that seeks architectural solutions to humanitarian crisis and brings professional design services to communities in need.

Haiti Reconstruction
Our blueprint for reconstruction
Students Rebuild
PechaKucha Global Day for Haiti – Feb 20th

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Vol 4 Presenter Profile: Benjamin Caras


Computer controlled mechanics: How I coaxed my computer to work for me rather than against me.

Benjamin Caras is an artist and metal fabricator who builds computer controlled cutting machines/robots on the cheap, that rapid prototype parts, draw large-scale patterns… and write graffiti.
“This technology changed the way I design, fabricate, and think about art and the process of art making.  I'd like to share my discovery of inexpensive, renegade automation and encourage others to explore it for themselves.”


Benjamin Caras has his MFA in visual art and digital fabrication from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  He hails from a family with a deep history in the metal’s industry.  He draws from his rich industrial background to influence his art.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Global PechaKucha Night for Haiti, Worcester Vol. 4

It only took seconds to destroy so many bright hopes and dreams in Haiti. The 280 city PechaKucha network is joining with Architecture for Humanity to help rebuild Haiti 20 seconds at a time.
Join us around the the world on 20th February for Global PechaKucha Day for Haiti.
20 seconds, 20 images, 200 cities, 2000 presentations, 200,000 people - with the aim to raise $1,000,000 for rebuilding Haiti.

Join us for this epic global event!
Worcester Vol. 4 at  55 Pearl Restaurant
55 Pearl Street Worcester Ma 01608
Saturday Feb 20th 2010 7:00 pm-11:00 pm
Door opens at 7:00pm
$20 suggested donation
100% of the proceeds benefit rebuilding in Haiti
Presentations begin at 8:00 pm
Seating limited to 100 seats
Standing room always available!
Cash Bar
55 Pearl opens at 4:00, for dinner reservations call  508-755-7327

Night includes portions of the 24-hour WAVEcast featuring other participating cities from around the globe.

Read more about about the global effort here:

Donate Online:

Watch the announcement at Tokyo Vol. 68: