What Youth Tellers Want & Need – Part 7 of 7

This is the seventh of seven parts on gleaming from personal experiences as well as experiences of the 100+ youth who have taken the stage – live and virtual – through Story Crossroads since 2016. We support youth beyond the stage through Youth Teller Reunions as well as Live & Virtual Story Camps.


  • Part 1 – Choosing the “Right” Words – REVEALED
  • Part 2 – Friend/Listener/Mentor – REVEALED
  • Part 3 – The Storytelling Birthday – REVEALED
  • Part 4 – Combining Talents – REVEALED
  • Part 5 – Ownership of Events & Beyond – REVEALED
  • Part 6 – Virtual Options – REVEALED
  • Part 7 – Wishlist Stages – TODAY

Youth burst out exciting ideas for stages – old and new.

Beware that I did not have a formal survey done. In fact, my two oldest kids – aged 10 and 12 – made me smile when I asked where they would like to perform…while having control over jitters.

My 10-year-old son took the traditional approach and wanted to tell at libraries. He would then want to venture onto bigger venues such as the Viridian Event Center. Interestingly, this is linked to the West Jordan Library…so technically still a library. But it is bigger in all regards. It was where we launched Story Crossroads in 2016.

My 12-year-old son decided that he wanted to improve his stories and be taught by someone to polish them up. He wanted to participate in the district-level storytelling festival that happens to feed into Story Crossroads. So far, he has not had teachers who actively teach and encourage their students to take part in that district-level event. Though, I am told that anyone can ask to be part of the district-level event if approved by a teacher. He knows that he would have to earn any spot with Story Crossroads and this is where to begin.

So, sniff, sniff, love how my boys think.

Now, are you ready for some incredible ideas?

My oldest has his eye on the GIGANTIC stage being built at The Living Planet Aquarium in Salt Lake County, Utah. He then listed the Smithsonian – National Air and Space Museum. He has always loved space and that would be his celestial-level dream.

But it does not stop here. He wanted to be the storyteller for a roller coaster at Lagoon. People could bring their own earbuds for the sounds of the story or be blasted somehow. He said that there are such things as VR Roller Coasters (see video of five of them) and perhaps something could be merged that way.

He imagined being the official storyteller of a laser tag arena to add to the intense adventure while people played.

Finally, he wanted to combine his beat-boxing skills with storytelling and perform first for a school stage and eventually at a Hip Hop concert.

Wow, wow, and more wow!

Why tell you all of this? Will this match the wishlist stages of the youth around you?

Maybe, maybe not.

The point is…have you asked? And…as truly anything is possible with enough commitment and imagination…is there any way you can make these wishlist stages come true?

I can realistically make a call at the Aquarium and propose the idea. Obviously, it would be easy to link up with libraries. Maybe youth can perform alongside a regularly scheduled storytime – combining story-reading with storytelling?

But what if those venues are closed? In lock-down?

Are there any libraries doing virutal programming? Could virtual backgrounds reveal these dream stages?

Don’t let something like a lock-down keep you down.

Brainstorm and be as awesome in ideas as our youth.

Be there for our youth – today.

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See our already-streamed/recorded The Big Why Panel: Historical Storytelling meets Humanities. See our 5-video playlist from the Story Crossroads Spectacular by clicking here.

And…our next 5-part blog series will be “The Checklist: How to Set up Virtual Events” with the first part out on August 17, 2020.

Xenodochium (Day 24–A-Z Blog Challenge)

Viridian Event CenterEnjoy all of these A-Z Blog Challenge posts. Versión en Español se puede encontrar a continuación o haga clic aquí para ir allí. Haga clic en mí para saltar a la parte española. Also look forward to the Story Crossroads crowdsourcing campaign May 1, 2015.

“X” is for Xenodochium.

We are sure you use the word “xenodochium” all the time.  In the Middle Ages, hospitals or “xenodochiums” were built so that foreigners and pilgrims could be welcomed and healed.  Later on, “xenodochium” came to mean a charitable institution.

Where people gather to tell stories—that is a xenodochium.

Where people gather to listen to stories—that is a xenodochium.

Where people build understanding for the strangers surrounding them—that is a xenodochium.

A place for storytelling is a place to be welcomed and to be healed.

Let us delve into our actual main building for Story Crossroads:  the Viridian Event Center.

  1. Background to Story Crossroads
  2. “Green” Fun Facts
  3. Feeling of Vibrancy

Background to Story Crossroads:

In the Fall of 2008, Rachel Hedman talked with Jim Cooper, Salt Lake County Library Services Director.  When she shared the idea for Story Crossroads, he then turned to his desk, pulled out the Viridian Event Center blueprints, and declared, “We would be a great partner!”  Hedman said there would be much planning and groundwork and that may not happen until 2020 or beyond.

The Viridian Event Center opened in 2012.  And the community wanted Story Crossroads sooner.

The first Community Planning Meeting was held at the Viridian Event Center with 27 people from different civic, education, and arts organizations in June of 2014.  These people said that we could not wait.  We had the energy and the momentum.

Still, Rachel suggested the Story Crossroads launch year to be 2017.  No one in that room would go for it.  It had to be 2016.

With the main stage location determined, it felt as if Story Crossroads would happen the next day.

“Green” Fun Facts:

The Viridian Event Center is a library combined with a conference center.  Any storyteller celebrates such a match.  Why not meet at a place that gathers stories and provides a vibrant atmosphere to listen to stories?

The name “Viridian” means a color found between green and cyan.  Here is part of the Viridian story:

We often associate green with a verdant garden, and cyan (blue) with the sky. Most simply, these two elements are the design informants of this library/event center. The building poses a long transparent face along the edge of the city’s park, allowing library and event patrons to feel connected to the most significant green space of the community. Connections to the sky occur via three ‘light boxes’ – basically, incisions through the center of the building, from roof to ground level, that reflect and bounce sunlight to internal spaces.

The whole building is “green” as over 35% of the energy used in the building comes from renewable energy.  Even during construction, 79% of the materials were recycled.   Much of the vegetation is native to Utah and thus does not need much water to thrive.  Over 90% of the rainfall is allowed to be collected and used.  This building uses 23.5% less energy than a similar model out in the city.

Feeling of Vibrancy:

Being more in tune with the environment naturally brings about a feeling of renewal.  Here is what also makes this a vibrant place:  the people.  These people welcome knowledge and growth and meaningful experiences.  No matter if it is the library or the events center that is the destination, something is sought for the soul.

How about a window to that soul?  The Viridian has a 30-foot glass wall that can open up and connect the ballroom with the outdoor amphitheatre.  The storytelling can happen inside and then allow people to be outside or the storytelling can happen outside with the possibility to be inside.

A few steps away from the Viridian:  the Wild West Jordan Park, considered one of the five best playgrounds in the state.  That playground is one of many with the Veterans Memorial Park.  We love that this space means we have room for Story Crossroads to grow with time.

Within a quick walk is the TRAK Station, a commuter train connects people throughout Salt Lake City including the airport.  That same TRAK has a hub next to an Amtrak, a Grey Hound Bus, and the Frontrunner, a community train that travels as far north as Ogden and as far south as Provo.

Tricky for you to travel?  The Viridian has the ability to broadcast in and out, which is exactly what we plan to do for Story Crossroads.  This means that anything that happens during our main stage event on April 15-16, 2016 could be available to other satellites and feeds such as found at universities.

And did we mention free Wi-Fi?

Whether it is for the communing with nature or testing out technology, there is energy that flows in this place.

Join us in our xenodochium.  Or create a xenodochium where you are living.  Wherever storytelling happens, make that your xenodochium.

Aquí lo tiene.

Viridian Event Center

Rogamos disculpen esta traducción al español que hemos utilizado un software de traducción. Estamos en proceso de hacer que las personas ayudar a traducir estos A-Z Blog Desafío puestos, así como todas las demás entradas del blog.

Estamos seguros de que utilizar la palabra “xenodochium” todo el tiempo.  En la Edad Media, los hospitales o “xenodochiums” fueron construidos para que los extranjeros y peregrinos podría ser bienvenido y curarse.  Más tarde, “xenodochium” llegó a significar una institución benéfica.

Donde las personas se reúnen para contar historias-es un xenodochium.

Donde la gente se reúne para escuchar cuentos-es un xenodochium.

En la que las personas construyen comprensión para los extraños les rodea-es un xenodochium.

Un lugar en la narración es un lugar favorable, y para ser sanados.

Debemos profundizar en nuestra propia historia edificio principal de encrucijada:  Viridian Centro de Eventos.

  1. Antecedentes de Historia Encrucijada
  2. “Verde” hechos divertidos
  3. Sensación de vitalidad

Antecedentes de Historia Encrucijada:

En el otoño de 2008, Rachel Hedman habló con Jim Cooper, Salt Lake County Library Services Director.  Cuando se comparte la idea de Historia Cruce de Caminos, a continuación, se refiere a su escritorio, sacó el Centro de Eventos los blueprints Viridian, y declaró: “sería una gran pareja!”  Hedman dijo que no había mucho planificar y sentar las bases y que no pueden ocurrir hasta 2020 o más allá.

Viridian Centro de Eventos fue inaugurado en 2012.  Y la comunidad quería Historia Encrucijada antes.

La primera Reunión de Planificación se celebró en el Viridian Centro de Eventos con 27 personas de diferentes organizaciones civiles, educación y organizaciones de las artes en junio de 2014.  Estas personas dijeron que no podíamos esperar.  Hemos tenido la energía y el impulso.

Sin embargo, Rachel sugirió la Historia Encrucijada año del lanzamiento de 2017.  No hay nadie en esa habitación, vaya para ella.  Tenía que ser 2016.

Con el escenario principal ubicación determinada, se sentía como si Historia Encrucijada va a pasar al día siguiente.

“Verde” hechos divertidos:

Viridian Centro de Eventos es una biblioteca combinada con un centro de conferencias.  Cualquier narrador celebra tal coincidencia.  ¿Por qué no reunirse en un lugar que recoge historias y proporciona una atmósfera vibrante para escuchar cuentos?

El nombre “Viridian” significa un color entre verde y el cian.  Aquí es parte del Viridian historia:

Se asocia con frecuencia a verde con un jardín verde y el cian (azul) con el cielo. La forma más sencilla, estos dos elementos son el diseño informantes de esta biblioteca/centro de eventos. El edificio representa una cara transparente largo en el borde de la ciudad del parque, que permite a la biblioteca y a los clientes se sienten conectados a los más importantes espacios verdes de la comunidad. Las conexiones con el cielo se produce a través de tres “cajas de luz” – básicamente, el tipo de incisión a través del centro de la construcción, desde el techo hasta el suelo, que reflejan la luz solar y rebote en espacios interiores.

Todo el edificio está “verde” como más del 35% de la energía que se utiliza en la construcción proviene de energías renovables.  Incluso durante la construcción, el 79% de los materiales son reciclados.   Gran parte de la vegetación es nativa de Utah y, por tanto, no necesita mucha agua para crecer.  Más del 90% de las lluvias es permitido ser recolectadas y usadas.  Este edificio utiliza 23,5 % menos de energía que un modelo similar en la ciudad.

Sensación de vitalidad.

Está más en sintonía con el medio ambiente conlleva naturalmente de una sensación de renovación.  Aquí es lo que también hace de este un lugar vibrante: el pueblo.   Estas personas con conocimiento y crecimiento y experiencias significativas.  No importa si es la biblioteca o el centro de eventos que es el destino, algo que se busca para el alma.

¿Cómo sobre una ventana a esa alma?  Viridian tiene un 30-pie pared de vidrio que puede abrir y conectar el baile con el anfiteatro al aire libre.  La narración puede ocurrir dentro y, a continuación, permitir que la gente sea fuera o la narración puede ocurrir fuera de la posibilidad de estar en el interior.

A pocos pasos de distancia de la Viridian: the Wild  West Jordan Park, considerado uno de los cinco mejores parques en el estado.  Este juego es uno de los muchos con el Veterans Memorial Park.  Nos encanta que este espacio significa que tenemos espacio para Historia Cruce de crecer con el tiempo.

En un rápido paseo Estación es el TRAK, un tren de cercanías conecta a las personas en Salt Lake City, incluyendo el aeropuerto.  Ese mismo TRAK tiene un cubo junto a un Amtrak, un gris Hound Bus, y la cabeza, una comunidad tren que viaja al norte hasta Ogden y, por el sur, hasta Provo.

Difícil de viajar?  El Viridian tiene la capacidad de transmitir en y fuera, que es exactamente lo que nos proponemos hacer historia de encrucijada.  Esto significa que cualquier cosa que suceda en nuestro escenario principal evento en 15 abril -16, 2016 podría estar disponible para otros satélites y en las noticias como las que se encuentran en las universidades.

¿Se nos ha olvidado mencionar Wifi gratuito?

Si es para la comunión con la naturaleza, o las pruebas de tecnología, no es la energía que fluye en este lugar.

Únase a nosotros en nuestra xenodochium.  O crear un xenodochium donde usted vive.  Dondequiera que la narración sucede, hacen que el xenodochium.