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Annual Summit & Festival

The summit and festival is called “The Hybrid” because you can attend workshops and concerts in person, online, or both.

Hint of what recently happened May 8-11, 2023

Details to be updated for 2024 soon!

TAHIRA (DE), Norm Brecke (OR), Julie Barnson, Alan Griffin, Ginger Parkinson, Nannette Watts, Lynn Wing, Cherie Davis, Carol Esterreicher, Clive Romney, John Adams, Annie & Dan Eastmond, Charlotte Starks

2023 Featured Professors & Experts

Tēvita O. Kaʻili, Ph.D. – “Language of Story: Tongan” – Brigham Young University – Hawaii

Delanna Reed, Ph.D. – “Immersed in Performances” – Storytelling Masters Program, East Tennessee State University

John Alba Cutler, Ph.D. – “Making Space through Storytelling in The House on Mango Street” – University of California, Berkeley

Included in ticket – hybrid 5-hour workshop (in-person, virtual-live, or enjoy recording) guided by Norm Breckesee hint here

2023 State of the Art Presenters

Liz Paige is a diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging and social justice educator and advocate. For the past 33 years, she has been a teacher and administrator in independent schools in Salt Lake City. In July, Liz will begin her new position as the Associate Director of the United Jewish Federation of Utah. Throughout her life, Liz has made Judaism and Jewish culture accessible to Jews and non-Jews alike. She welcomes all who want to learn to ask questions, which is a very Jewish thing to do.

Pamela Mower was born deaf and grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. She earned her BA in Communication Studies and MS in Administration and Supervision from Gallaudet University, the only Liberal Arts University for the Deaf in the World. Pamela now works at the Division of services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (also known as Sanderson Community Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing) as the manager for the Continuing Education and Outreach Department.

Dr. Kaleem Mohammed serves as a youth director at Islamic Society of Greater Salt lake and academic director at Iqra Academy of Utah. He loves teaching and reading about Islam and Science. He grew up in Hyderabad, India and worked as an assistant professor at school of medicine, University of Utah teaching pharmacology to MD students. He feels fortunate to own two pharmacies, where his focus is patient care and medication therapy management.

Summit & Festival Ticket Prices*
Ticket TypeEarly Bird Price
(Before May 1, 2023)
Standard Price
Homeschool group$5$10

*Tickets may be used for in-person and/or virtual attendance.

Virtual Field Trip

Whether you’re involved with a school, homeschool or another organization such as a senior center, you can signup for a virtual field trip. Public and private schools as well as homeschool.

In-Person Field Trip

If you are in the Salt Lake County, Utah area, then you can come to our in-person days on Monday and Tuesday, May 8-11, 2023. You fill out the same registration as virtual field trips though indicate your intention to come and have seats ready.

General Schedule

If you prefer another format for the schedule, please email Schedule subject to change.


Language of Story: Tongan – shared by Tēvita O. Ka’ili, Ph.D. followed by Questions & Answers

Thursday, May 11, 2023 from 10:30am-11:30am MDT (UTC -6)

Participate for Free through Story Crossroads YouTube Channel streamed at

Teachers! Stories Do Work – taught by Nannette Watts

Thursday, May 11, 2023 from 4:30pm-5:30pm MDT (UTC -6)

Time Zone Converter HERE

Participate for Free through Zoom (register here to receive link)

Thanks to funding from National Endowment for the Arts; National Endowment for the Humanities; Western States Arts Federation; Utah Division of Arts and Museums/Utah Legislature; Utah Humanities; City of Murray; Zoo, Arts & Parks (ZAP) of Salt Lake County; Salt Lake City Arts Council; Ashton Family Foundation; and people like you.
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