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Slide Jam

For Release: March 2013

On Thursday, March 13, Slide Jam, a new program, takes the stage at the Akron Art Museum. Stop in at 7 pm to hear from some of the most exciting people in Northeast Ohio.

Slide Jam deconstructs the traditional yawn-inducing lecture format, creating something unexpected and accessible. This installment of Slide Jam features short, ten minute talks featuring a mix of artists, architects, musicians, local entrepreneurs and community movers and shakers. Each presentation will consist of approximately 20 slides at 30 seconds each.

Featured speakers include Duane Crabbs from South Street Ministry and architect Mary T. O’Connor; Brian Peters from Building Bytes; Karen Starr from Hazel Tree Interiors; ceramicist Donna Webb; Christmas television historian Joanna Wilson; and Indie Rock band ShiSho.

Slide Jam attendance is free and takes place on FREE THURSDAY, when gallery admission is free all day from 11 am – 9 pm.

Featured Speaker Information

The Front Porch: A Third Place in Akron
Duane Crabbs and Mary T. O’Connor

Duane Crabbs, founder of the ministry of Love In the Name of Christ, and his wife Lisa moved their family of six into the high-crime, impoverished neighborhood of Summit Lake and formed South Street Ministries in 1997. Over the last 15 years, South Street Ministries has grown out of the home of the Crabbs family.

Crabbs will dialogue with Mary T. O’Connor. O’Connor maintained a small general practice architecture studio for over thirty years. Based in New York, the firm specialized in public assembly and support spaces for the not-for-profit arts community. After serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer (Republic of Macedonia, 2006-2008 and The Philippines, 2009-2010), Manhattan seemed dull and parochial she moved to Akron in 2012 seeking bring her experience into a community-based design process.

3D Printing in Architecture
Brian Peters

Brian Peters is an assistant professor in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) at Kent State University. His research and teaching is focused on digital technologies in architectural design. He is currently investigating the role of 3D printing at the scale of architecture, including a project called Building Bytes, a line of 3D printed ceramic bricks. Prior to joining the KSU faculty Brian worked for several years as an architect and designer in Chicago, Barcelona and Amsterdam.

The Making of 'A is for Akron' (and the co-author's personal entries of what makes Akron such a great place)
Karen Starr

Karen Starr is by trade an interior designer and co-owner of Akron's Hazel Tree Interiors and a community dreamer/doer by heart. For the past six years, she has focused on creating a network of opportunities for local artists and furniture makers to sell their work to the interior design trade and, since 2010, to the public through Hazel Tree's gallery. Starr also loves to co-create fun and needed community projects that make Akron a lovelier place to be, like Free Outdoor Movie Night in Glendale Cemetery and GAINS, The Greater Akron Innovation Network for Sustainability.

Once Upon a Time in Cascade Village
Donna Webb

Donna Webb is ceramic artist and collaborator in community projects with Cascade Village, The W.O.M.B., Angel Falls, Friends of the Crooked River, 4 Square, The Akron Story Circle Project, Synapse Center for Art and Science, Artists of Rubber City and Stand Up Ohio. She is a professor and coordinator of ceramics at The University of Akron Myers School of Art and has a studio in Highland Square, where she lives. An exhibition of her sculpture along with works by Kate Budd, Sherry Simms, Beth Lindenberger and Eva Kwong opens at the Harris Stanton Gallery Friday, March 28.

Every Day is Christmas: My Adventures as a Christmas Entertainment Writer
Joanna Wilson

Joanna Wilson draws upon her academic background in film history and philosophy to create insightful commentary on pop culture of all kinds. As a Christmas entertainment writer, she is the author of three books, Merry Musical Christmas, Volume One: The Best Christmas Music in TV Sitcoms & Dramas (2013), Tis the Season TV: the Encyclopedia of Christmas-Themed Episodes, Specials, and Made-for-TV Movies (2010) and The Christmas TV Companion, a Guide to Cult Classics, Strange Specials, and Outrageous Oddities (2009). In 2010, she appeared in The Real Story of Christmas on the History Channel, and the TV Guide Network’s 25 Most Hilarious Holiday TV Moments. As an expert on Christmas TV movies, Wilson was invited to moderate the cast reunion for a screening of the 1971 TV movie The Homecoming in December 2011.


From Greater Akron, real-life sisters Vivian and Midge Ramone are the art band ShiSho. At 16 and 13 years old, the girls have been writing and recording for 9 years. ShiSho performs their own brand of quirky indie pop on accordion, guitar and ukulele.

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