2017 Schedule

Experience 15 professional story artists and 50 community tellers.  Join the Story Crossroads Festival on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at the Murray City Park (Morning sessions at 495 E. 5300 S., Murray, UT and Evening Sessions at 296 E. Murray Park Ave., Murray, UT) from 9:00am to Noon and then 6:00pm-9:00pm as well as Outreaches and Special Events before, during, and after the Festival starting May 22, 2017 and into May 25, 2017.

Go directly to the Festival Schedule (bypassing Outreaches)

Pavilion 2 is geared for Elementary & Family Audiences.  Pavilions 1 and 3 are geared for Middle School & Adults that are still Family-Friendly Material.  The schedule is subject to change and the Pavilions for certain audiences could also change to accommodate expected large groups and field trips.  Click on the featured artist name to discover specialties.

Download this Festival & Outreaches schedule: Story Crossroads Schedule 2017–pdf

Download the Festival Full Page Flier:  Full Page Flier–2nd Annual Story Crossroads Festival–pdf

Story Crossroads Pre-Festival Learning Opportunity

Monday, May 22, 2017  

This opportunity delves deeper into the art.  This is a separate cost from the Festival ticket while the other outreaches are free and open to all.

10:00am-3:00pm, lunch included, held at Nishiguchi Home in Bountiful, UT

Registration Required for Intensive Workshop Opportunity with Sean Buvala

Sea-Glass Storytelling: Creating Great Personal Tales Using the Light of the Folktale

Limited Space

Cost:  $100.00/person, pay all at once or payment plan over the course of 2-4 months

Two Steps to Reserve Space:

  1.  Online Registration Form-basic info-by clicking here
  2. Optional Pre-Payment by clicking here

Pre-Festival Kick-Offs

Monday-Tuesday, May 22-23, 2017

Every year the Story Crossroads Festival will have many outreaches performed and taught.  These are usually open to the public.  If it is a school, then you need to check in at the office for a visitor badge.  Enjoy along with the others in the outreach.

These outreaches occur before, during, and after the Festival and are always free.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Concert at Riverton Senior Center, UT- 11:00am-11:30am

Adult Community Teller, Karl Behling

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7:00pm-8:30pm, Daybreak Community Center

4544 W. Harvest Moon Dr., South Jordan–Conference Room B

FREE Story-Skilled Child workshop and activities for parents and children

See http://www.storyskilled.child.com

7:00pm-8:00pm, Sean Buvala works with parents while children in another room doing story games/activities

8:00pm-8:30pm, Sean Buvala guides parents as they work with their children on skills learned

Made possible by the following sponsors:  South Jordan Arts Council, Daybreak Community Center

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

School Outreach (morning):  Youth Teller, Mara Menzies

Concert at Taylorsville Senior Center, UT- 11:00am-11:30am

Adult Community Teller, Rachel Ann Harding

Concert at River’s Bend Senior Center, UT- 11:00am-11:30am

Adult Community Teller, Janine Nishiguchi

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Lunch & Learn “60 Minutes to a 5 Minute Biz Story,” Noon-1:00pm

Presented by Sean Buvala

Utah Nonprofits Association Conference Room, 231 East 400 South, Salt Lake City (3rd Floor, #345), park on roof of parking garage

Cost:  $15 to bring own lunch, $25 to order boxed lunch from Kneaders

Register and/or Pre-Pay here:  https://storycrossroads.com/lunch-learn
Made possible by the following sponsor:  South Jordan Arts Council

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School Outreach (afternoon):  Youth Teller, Mara Menzies

Blind Center- 7:00pm-7:45pm

Youth Teller, Mara Menzies

Main Stage Event here:

Story Crossroads Festival

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Pavilion 1

Elementary & Family Audiences

Pavilion 2

Elementary & Family Audiences

Pavilion 3

Middle School & Adult Audiences

9:00am-9:50am

Youth Teller

Community Teller

Laurie Allen

Suzanne Hudson

9:00am-9:50am

Youth Teller

Community Teller

Alan Griffin

Jan C. Smith

9:00am-9:50am

Youth Teller

Community Teller

Sean Buvala

10:00am-10:50am

Youth Teller

Community Teller

Mara Menzies

10:00am-10:50am

Youth Teller

Community Teller

Dale Boam

Billie Jones

10:00am-10:50am

Youth Teller

Community Teller

Rachel Ann Harding

11:00am-11:50am

Youth Teller

Community Teller

Karl Behling

Lynn Wing

11:00am-11:50am

Youth Teller

Community Teller

Mara Menzies

11:00am-11:50am

Youth Teller

Community Teller

Loren Niemi

Lunch, Bring your own and enjoy the Murray City Park

Outreaches in Afternoon

School Outreach:  Youth Teller, Alan Griffin/Lynn Wing

School Outreach:  Youth Teller, Suzanne Hudson/Billie Jones

School Outreach:  Youth Teller, Ted Erekson/Laurie Allen

School Outreach:  Youth Teller, Jan C. Smith/Dale Boam

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Dinner, Enjoy any of the neighboring restaurants and fast food places

Spanish Headsets & ASL Interpretation during Evening Concerts

6:00pm-9:00pm with Intermission

All together in Pavilion 5 of the Murray City Park

6:00pm-6:50pm: Youth Teller, Ted Erekson, Joan Effiong

7:00pm-7:50pm:  Youth Teller, Rachel Ann Harding, Mara Menzies

8:00pm-9:00pm: Youth Teller, Sean Buvala, Loren Niemi

 Panel & Concert at Gale Center of History and Culture

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Starting in 2017, this will be an annual tradition of a panel featuring professors of language and cultural arts.  After the panel is a story concert geared for teens and adults and open to the public.  Both the panel and the concert is free and considered outreaches of the Story Crossroads Festival.

ASL Interpretation, Spanish Headsets & Audio Descriptions available all night

 6:00pm-6:45pm-The Language of Story Academics Series: Visual & Spoken Languages on Stage featuring Dale Boam and Jeff Packer from Utah Valley University

7:00pm-9:00pm-The Big Secret Story Concert

Adult Community Teller

 Adult Community Teller

Adult Community Teller

 Loren Niemi with “Fata Morgana,” a Choose your own adventure story for teens and adults

“Fata Morgana” is pure storytelling existing somewhere in the realm of magic realism and urban legend in which the audience chooses which of the four principal characters to begin with – the baker, the contessa, the mapmaker or the widow – and Loren Niemi tells from there. At the half way point, three of the four are in Fata Morgana (literally the term refers to a kind of desert mirage) and the audience chooses who will leave, which in turn determines which of five possible endings the story will arrive at.

Followed by light refreshment

Made possible by the following sponsors:  South Jordan Arts Council, Utah Humanities, Utah Valley University

Thanks to our Festival Funders:  Utah Storytelling Guild (fiscal sponsor), Utah Division of Arts & Museums, National Endowment for the Arts, Western States Arts Federation, Utah Humanities, South Jordan Arts Council, City of Murray-Cultural Arts, Nubian Storytellers of Utah Leadership, Suzanne Hudson, and many individuals.