Updated Position of Story Crossroads (12/23/2020):
We value everyone’s health and, as the Story Crossroads Board, we constantly monitor the COVID-19 situation. As a result, we have made some adaptations. We have virtual options as well as limited-sized events with required mask-wearing and sanitation measures only. Outdoors is preferred and encouraged, even in winter.
The CDC has given us guidance and you can find more here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html (has been updated 12/16/2020)
Details on What We Will Do:
Subject to change:
- House concerts that are outdoors/proper-distanced/masked with next one being March 26, 2021 – 30-person seating with required pre-registration.
- Recordings from live House Concerts – available for a two-week rental upon availability date
- Monthly All Things Story Virtual Workshop Series – held through Zoom, various storytelling topics
- Next Story Crossroads Festival will be May 10-13, 2021 with Virtual Field Trip registrations now open – Monday we have virtual professional development trainings as well as virtual marketplace, demonstrations, and “curiosity” moments with story-related businesses as an educational experience. Tuesday is our series of proper-distanced concerts at the Murray City Park (495 East 5300 South, Murray, UT) that will also be filmed and available to people who bought tickets. Footage will be released later that week no matter if attended live or watching all virtually. Wednesday is our Virtual Field Trip Day through various platforms and then a free outreach virtual concert in collaboration with the Salt Lake City Library System. Finally, Thursday focuses on the academic discussion – virtual live – and related performance academic discussions – pre-recorded and premiered – for the teens and older.
Details on What We Already Did:
- Held monthly All Things Story Virtual Workshop Series on Labor Day, September 7, 2020 with Simon Brooks, October 6, 2020 with Julie Barnson, November 7, 2020 with Antonio Rocha, December 5, 2020 with Nannette Watts, January 9, 2021 with Heather Forest, PhD, February 6, 2021 with Karl Behling, March 6, 2021 with Laura Packer
- Held first-ever Virtual Youth Teller Reunion – 6th Reunion since 2016 on August 15, 2020
- Kicked off Proper-Distanced House Concerts on August 14, 2020; September 18; October 9, 2020; and then outdoor winter concert on December 28, 2020.
- Celebrated both the Virtual and Limited-Sized Story Camps on August 12-14, 2020.
- Celebrated The Big Why Panel: Historical Storytelling meets Humanities on Saturday, June 20, 2020 and can still be viewed.
- Celebrated Story Crossroads Spectacular on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 with individual performances and can still be viewed.
- Offered 90-minute workshop by Dr. Csenge Zalka about how to research folktales on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 through Zoom.
- Offered 90-minute workshop by Bruce Walker about how to research family/genealogy stories on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 through Zoom.
- Premiered pre-recorded 2020 Youth/Community Tellers through the Story Crossroads YouTube Channel, shared with permission and featuring 17 people.
- Participated in the April A to Z Blog Challenge starting with A is for Apples of Alteration posted on April 1, 2020, theme of Hope & Healing: folktales around the world to beat back viruses and will continue for 2021 for the A to Z Blog Challenge
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.
You can check back on this page at any time to understand what we plan to do.