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After getting rained out just a few hours before showtime last month, PechaKucha 26 has been rescheduled to take place at Rosedale Park on Wednesday, June 21.
Some of the presenters originally slated to take the stage are returning and include artist, Cade Bradshaw, public art curator Carrie Brown, exhibition creator Meredith Doby, Spurs Jesus Cord Maldonado, and creative John Mata.
Two new additions – Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Executive Director Cristina Ballí and community organizer Juany Torres – will join the group and share their thoughts, stories, and/or passions in 20 PowerPoint slides at 20 seconds each. Artist and curator Patty Ortiz, former congressman Charles A. González, and Sweb Development founder Magaly Chocano, who were going to present at last month’s PechaKucha, will not be able to make the rescheduled event.
Doors will open for happy hour at 6:30 p.m. and will feature musical guest Booty Feet. Presentations will begin at 7:30 p.m.
As originally planned, Rob Wicall will emcee with night but will be joined by artist Gary Sweeney. Booty Feet will provide the night’s musical entertainment, and food will be available for purchase from participating food trucks The Box Street Social, Bombay Salsa Co., KalyeSatx, Ay Papi’s, and Lugosi’s Goremet.
Tickets can be purchased here, or you can make the $5 minimum suggested donation at the door.
Cristina Ballí, Executive Director
Twenty years of experience in nonprofit community-based work, and over a decade in Latino arts programming and administration in Texas, makes Cristina Ballí the perfect fit for the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. Most recently she has made a significant impact state wide as Executive Director of Texas Folklife, the Austin-based organization designated by the National Endowment for the Arts to preserve and present the diverse cultures and living heritage of the Lone Star State.
Before her work as an arts administrator Ballí earned her B.A. in Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio Texas. Over the course of her career she has most notably served as Producer/Operations Manager at RGV Educational Broadcasting in Harlingen Texas, Director of the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center in San Benito Texas, Tourism/Fund Development Coordinator in San Benito, Texas where she oversaw the opening of the Historical, Conjunto Hall of Fame and Freddy Fender Museums, and most recently Executive Director of Texas Folklife.
Cristina has proven to be highly successful in increasing visibility for all of the organizations she has worked with, primarily through the production of compelling artistic programs. As Director of Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center in San Benito, a small but powerful Chicano arts organization, she gained an international platform as an ambassador of border culture and conjunto music particularly.
Juany Torres, Community Organizer
Juany Torres, born and raised on the Southside of San Antonio, is the proud daughter of Mexican immigrant parents. She is a McCullom High School Alum, a Stanford grad, White House and Google alum, and served as Nevada’s deputy digital director on the Hillary Clinton Campaign. Torres returned home focused on increasing civic engagement and founded Organize SA, organizing the largest voter deputization class in Bexar County’s history. Most recently, she served as the deputy campaign manager for Mayor-Elect Ron Nirenberg.
Free parking for PechaKucha Vol. 26 will be available throughout Rosedale Park. Look at the map below for details.