Pecha Kucha Night at the Grand Stafford Theater presents community development through music


BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) – The Grand Stafford Theater hosted an event Tuesday night to stimulate the ways in which music and the art of performance is improving our community.

This event was called Pecha Kucha Night. The term means “chit chat” in Japanese. It’s a form of storytelling that uses 20 slides made up of just pictures, and the presenter only has 20 seconds to talk about each one. Grand Stafford Theater President Jose Quintana calls it a Ted Talk on steroids.

“This is how we bring the community together, so we talk about creativity,” Quintana said. “We talk about community development in the context of different types of cultural, artistic and creative events, so this is a very good area for us. “

Quintana says Pecha Kucha Night is a very important community development effort that they have supported for a long time. This is an initiative they started in partnership with the Center for Applied Creativity at Texas A&M University at the College of Architecture many years ago.

“We really focus on live music in support of community development, the importance of cultural perspectives and how that builds community, especially how our legacy on the music side is very important. Said Quintana.

The presenters spoke about music and the arts and their influence on a wide variety of topics, from engineering to therapy. The work highlighted throughout the various presentations helps the Town of Bryan achieve its Music Friendly Community designation.

“Once we get that in place, we can open up to attract more music-related businesses, from record companies to production facilities and entities,” Quintana said. “There are a lot of great talent in our community, and by community I mean the whole Brazos Valley, so it’s a great experience. We hope this will bring more relevance to what live music brings to our community. We need to sort of leverage that to uplift our community in that perspective. “

A special guest was also in attendance – Governor’s Texas Music Office, Director Brendon Anthony. His presentation as the event’s keynote speaker provided an update on the city’s certification status and the benefits that come with participating in the program.

“I’m the only office in the country that is functioning as we can with the kind of support from the CEO like we do through the Texas Music Office, so it’s extremely important that we step into the communities and do this work.” , said Anthony.

Anthony says the Texas music and entertainment industry economy puts more than 100,000 Texans to work and generates more than $ 440 million in tax revenue for the state.

“It is definitely worth defending,” said Anthony. “It’s definitely worth protecting, and we’re proud to do it through the Texas Music Office. “

Anthony is also the chair of the new state concert safety task force. Regarding his work in this capacity, Anthony told KBTX he couldn’t say much about the work they were doing at the moment. He said they meet regularly and plan to prepare a report for the governor within a reasonable timeframe.

“We know that the things we’ve seen recently just can’t happen at live musical events, at mass gatherings. We just know that, ”said Anthony. “People should have a reasonable expectation of safety when they go to see their favorite artists perform. We just know it as a general truth. All we’re trying to do is make sure that there are concrete guidelines that are in place, that they’re well understood, and to make gigs in the state of Texas something that we’re going to continue. to do, but continue to do so safely.

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Norma P. Rex