The Library Arts Center is proud to Present

The Exchange

Your Story…

in 20 Slides

20 Seconds Each.

Powered by PechaKucha.


To Begin…

What is a PechaKucha?

Introducing The Exchange at the Library Arts Center

powered by PechaKucha.

PechaKucha is a storytelling format that celebrates people, passion, and creative thought. This storytelling form connects presenters and audience members visually, concisely & memorably, in a way that builds community and honors the stories in us all.

In PechaKucha presentations community members share their stories in a series of 20 images they select which play in slideshows that advance automatically every 20 seconds while they tell their story in 400 seconds. This unique format creates a visual layer to storytelling and creates a simple and concise structure to the process.

Informational Workshop for presenters

May 18th @ 5:30pm In the Gallery

As the Library Arts Center hosts its first ever event powered by PechaKucha, you are invited to join as a presenter on the evening’s theme: Growth.  Presenters will be invited to a free workshop* in the gallery on May 18 at 5:30pm to learn more about creating their presentation. 

The Exchange PechaKucha Night

June 23rd @ 6pm

The community is invited to join us in the gallery for this evening of community storytelling, powered by PechaKucha, Friday June 23 at 6:00pm.  The evening’s theme is Growth.

The plan is to make this a regular piece of Arts Center programming, with different themes for each of these storytelling events.

What is a 20×20 PechaKucha?

The PechaKucha 20×20 presentation format is a slide show of 20 images, each auto-advancing after 20 seconds. It’s non-stop and you’ve got 400 seconds to tell your story, with visuals guiding the way. PechaKucha was created in Japan in 2003 by renowned architects, Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham. The word “PechaKucha” is Japanese for “chit chat.”

Show and Tell

Storytelling is about connection.  In a Pecha Kucha presentation, presenters use images to tell a story, rather than just reading text from slides.  In so many words, Pecha Kucha “is what ‘Show and Tell’ always dreamed of becoming,” according to the Pecha Kucha site.

What you Need:

  • Laptop, ipad, or desktop computer 
  • Internet connection to build your presentation in the online PechaKucha builder OR Powerpoint
  • Note paper or notebook
  • a pen 
  • Sticky notes


Our topic for this session of storytelling is “Growth”.  Tell us your own story on Growth in 20 slides, 20 seconds each.

Stories can be based around a number of themes centered on growth.  We can’t wait to hear your story!

Sign up to be a Presenter.

Want to be one of our featured storytellers?  Sign up to receive all the information you need to tell your story in a succinct and engaging way.

You will receive specific about attending the workshop on May 18th.


When & Where is "The Exchange"?

Presenters will share their stories in an event open to the community on Fri. June 23rd at 6pm in the Library Arts Center Gallery.

I'd like to participate as a presenting storyteller at The Exchange on 6/23! How do I sign up?

Register for this informational workshop for presenters on Thurs. May 18th at 5:30pm to learn more, and to begin the process of defining your story and putting together your slides in the PechaKucha program.

If I want to share a story, do I need to pre-register?

Yes. If you would like to present your story, you must pre-register and attend the informational workshop, or make other arrangements to connect with the facilitator. **Space is available only for a limited number of presenters.

Can I share any story I like?

The theme for the first session of “The Exchange” is “Growth.” Presenters are invited to share their own stories on this theme within the PechaKucha 20×20 visual storytelling format.

Presenters will prepare their slides for the presentation either by first creating them within Microsoft PowerPoint (or similar program) and then uploading them to the PechaKucha site, or building their presentation right within the PechaKucha site.

What if I can't attend on the scheduled dates, but I'd still like to share a story?

It’s our hope that The Exchange will become a regular part of Arts Center programming.  Be sure to let us know if you’d like to stay in the loop about upcoming sessions by emailing us at

Scheduled Events

May 18 - PRESENTER Informational Workshop

Want to share your story at The Exchange“Come find out what a PechaKucha presentation is all about and how to prepare your story/presentation to share at “The Exchange” on Fri. 6/23.  Facilitator Heidi Lorenz will help to lead you on the path to share your story in a succinct and powerful way, helping with the technology to present your story well.  NOTE:  *If you plan on participating as a presenter, please plan to attend this workshop!   Pre-registration is required for presenters.

June 23 - The Exchange - PechaKucha Night

6:00 pm   Everyone in the community is invited to see/hear presenters tell their stories in this distinct storytelling forum.  The theme of the evening’s stories is “Growth”.  

Ready to Begin?

Top Tips for Storytelling


Topic-once you have established something unique to you, think of this as a chance to share your passion & to tell your story.

Structure-we will build an introduction, a body, & then summarize our story…that is,  a beginning, a middle, & an end!

Image-select strong beautiful images, use full bleed, high res images & resist any templates, graphs & charts. Reduce your idea into one clear distilled image for the most impact.

Attitude-an amazing topic with a terrible delivery falls flat & alternatively a boring topic with a really charismatic delivery always lands, so do your best to really deliver a cool collected presentation. Deliver with passion & confidence. It’s easy to be self-deprecating in the spotlight but this is your moment, take it, be cool, be smooth & be relaxed! Pecha Kucha is meant to be a casual, fun, relaxed event. 

Practice Speak from the heart & be authentic

Share-sharing is caring!

What Makes a PechaKucha Presentation Great?

Brian Scott Peterson, PechaKucha’s Global Dude at PKHQ in Tokyo, has watched literally 1000’s of PechaKucha Presentations. He has given quite a few as well and thinks he knows, from lots of experience and a birds-eye view from headquarters what makes a truly great PechaKucha Presentation.

This session’s theme:  Growth

Our topic for this session of storytelling is “Growth”.  Tell us your own story on Growth in 20 slides, 20 seconds each. 

Stories can be based around a number of themes centered on growth.  We can’t wait to hear your story!

Ready for inspiration?

Example PechaKucha Stories

Making Space for Life

In this talk, Julie Frew shares her journey of making space for a new life.As a paediatric therapist she thought she’d handle it well, but as it turned out she struggled with PPD, triggers from traumas in her childhood and massive shifts in her social life.  She weaves a story that is visually and auditorily beautiful to capture both the wonder and heartache of transitioning into motherhood.

I Grew Up in the Circus

Ruby Arrowfield literally grew up in a circus with balancing clown parents called Carrot and Pickles! Every aspect of her life infused a love of performing and supporting creative expression. Now Ruby works with the Christchurch Circus Centre who are based in the Roy Stokes hall in New Brighton, which may be pulled down. Ruby is on a campaign to keep the circus alive.

Food and Medicine and Luck

Victory Garden + Wildcrafting.