Presented in partnership with Civic Design Center 

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As a society, we are so intentional about “play” for young children. Whether we think about play as getting energy out, learning or exploring, it takes a backseat when our “future” becomes more important. Recess is halted in favor of more classroom learning at a very young age and homework has students sitting until it is time to go to bed. Teenagers are pressured to think about their future and maximizing time, which means that they are often yearning for a car to get around rather than walking, biking, or taking transit. Play and movement stops being built into daily life, so adults fall out of practice of expecting it for themselves.  

Play can be synonymous with joy, health, spirit, color, knowledge, and so much more. How do we design for play across more diverse age groups, abilities, and perspectives? 

In PechaKucha Nashville: Volume 46, Nashville Youth Design Team member Addison Harper will be our MC while our presenters share their perspectives on universal play in under seven minutes each. Attend the event to witness several lightning presentations that attempt to bring play into more aspects of your life. 

Here’s the lineup:

  • Jody Lentz, Think with Your Hands 
  • Johari Matthews, ONE Community & Titans Foundation 
  • Liz Tenny, Frist Art Museum 
  • Holley Maher, Wink Wink Creative
  • Uma Peters + Mia Clark, Nashville Youth Design Team 
  • Nathan Guice, Superior Recreational Products 
  • Calah Gipson, Walk Bike Nashville 
  • Matthew Sharer, Shurrrr Designs + Poster Artist
  • Parvathi Santhosh-Kumar, America’s Promise Alliance


About PechaKucha

Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of  “chitchat,” PechaKucha rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It‘s a format that makes presentations concise and keeps things moving at a rapid pace. 

PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. It grew into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities and inspiring creatives worldwide. The Civic Design Center is the Nashville host. 





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