Annual Summit & Festival

Thought you missed it? You can still register through June 14, 2022.
No matter when you sign up, viewing is until June 15, 2022.

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

Lorna MacDonald CzarnotaHolly RobisonJoan EffiongRamona LuciusMary Louise HughesOmar & Lori HansenLaurie AllenMelva Gifford Nino Reyos
Kira LarkinSam PayneKarl BehlingElizabeth Sargent  – David Bullock

Summit & Festival Ticket Prices*
Ticket TypeEarly Bird Price
(Before May 1, 2022)
Standard Price
Homeschool group$5$10

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

Two Free Opportunities for Anyone *- both on May 12

Language of Story: Korean – through Story Crossroads YouTube Channel, streamed

Storytelling in the Classroom – though Zoom, link/passcode given upon registration

*These free events are already part of paid tickets as well as all the other events.

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 9-10, 2022. You fill out the same registration as virtual field trips though indicate your intention to come and have seats ready.

General Schedule

Monday, May 9, 2022, 9:30am-2:30pm MDT (UTC -6)

Hybrid – in-person and virtual in real-time

Dancing at the Crossroads: Using Stories to Reach At-Risk Youth

This is a separate ticket from the Summit & Festival. Lorna MacDonald Czarnota teaches a 5-hour hybrid workshop based on her books “Dancing at the Crossroads: A Guide for Practitioners in At-Risk Youth Programs.” This is a true hybrid where she will present in-person with people who can attend in Murray, Utah (Salt Lake County) but also have a Zoom option for people who cannot travel or be there in Utah.

All parts of the Festival/Summit (minus Lorna’s presentation) can be viewed from mid-May to June 15, 2022
Monday, May 9, 2022, 7pm-7:50pm MDT (UTC -6)

Hybrid – in-person and virtual in real-time

Keynote by Holly Robison who wrote a piece in “Tomorrow’s Storytellers Today” plus established youth storytelling in Utah and Oregon

Monday, May 9, 2022, 8pm-9pm MDT (UTC -6)

Hybrid – in-person and virtual in real-time

“State of the Art” with reports by: Thomas Mitchell from Utah Council for the Blind – Storytelling & the Blind Community; Charlotte Starks from Nubian Storytellers of Utah Leadership & National Association of Black Storytellers; and Eileen Quintana as Nebo Title VI Indian Education Coordinator, sharing about Navajo storytelling

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 – all day

Hybrid – in-person, recorded and released later, Field Trip Day

Experience youth tellers and professionals sharing the stage at Murray City Park, Utah, Recorded so that people can view later if not part of the in-person crowd. The following story artists will be here: Holly Robison, Lorna MacDonald Czarnota, Omar & Lori Hansen, Kira Larkin, Karl Behling, Laurie Allen, Mary Louise Hughes, Ramona Lucius, John Adams, Melva Gifford, and Elizabeth Sargent.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022 – starting at 9:00am MDT (UTC -6)

Virtual, pre-recordings only, Virtual Field Trip Day

Enjoy several 20-minute high-quality films from the following story artists: Holly Robison, Lorna MacDonald Czarnota, Joan Effiong, Sam Payne, Ramona Lucius, Nino Reyos, and David Bullock. See the premiere of the youth tellers from within and beyond Utah.

Thursday, May 12, 2022 – starting at 9:00am MDT (UTC -6) – FREE!

Virtual, with real-time Questions & Answers, Free, Available to Everyone despite ticket status

“Language of Story” is an academic series that focuses on a different language each year and its relation to storytelling techniques and traditions, streamed to Story Crossroads YouTube Channel so people can ask questions in real-time. We are privileged to focus on the Korean language with Professor Jeong Ae Park this year.

Thursday, May 12, 2022 – view anytime

Virtual, pre-recordings with option to ask questions after the fact through email to be answered by the next day, two “bite-sized” educational based presentations geared for junior high/high school/higher education students, easier to see more classes do this as a virtual field trip due to working better with school schedules

Professor Gibbs presents “Memorializing The Folk: Uncovering Black Folk Oral Traditions in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. Premiered to unlisted YouTube channel (link will be provided after ticket purchase) and available until June 15, 2022. Viewers may email questions and will receive answers by the following day.

Professor Bayless presents “Secrets of Medieval Storytelling.” Premiered to unlisted YouTube channel (link will be provided after ticket purchase) and available until June 15, 2022. Viewers may email questions and will receive answers by the following day.

Thursday, May 12, 2022 – 4:30pm-5:30pm MDT (UTC -6) – FREE!

Virtual, within Zoom, recorded so people who can’t make the time can view later

Geared for teachers for professional development, “Storytelling in the Classroom” taught by long-time teacher and storyteller Karl Behling

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; Youth, Educators, Storytellers (YES); City of Murray; Zoo, Arts & Parks (ZAP) of Salt Lake County; Salt Lake City Arts Council; Clever Octopus; Ashton Family Foundation; High Desert Brain Trust; and people like you.