Art Tales Writing Contest 

Art Tales Masthead 2018

The City of Ventura is pleased to sponsor the 10th Annual Art Tales creative contest open to all writers worldwide. The contest invites imaginative writers of all ages to compose a short story or poem (500 words maximum) inspired by one of the artworks currently on exhibit in City Hall. We invite you to take a walk throughout Ventura City Hall and enjoy the Municipal Art Collection. You will find the pieces chosen for this year’s contest housed on the second floor. Look for the music note symbol on each of the three selected pieces and decide which of the chosen works will inspire your writing.  If you are unable to visit City Hall you may view the complete contest kit here.  In addition, we have developed Lesson Plans for Teachers for the classroom. 

  1. How to Enter
  2. Judging
  3. Awards & Reading
  4. Contest Rules

1. We invite you to take a walk throughout Ventura City Hall and enjoy the Municipal Art Collection. You will find the pieces chosen for this year’s contest housed on the second floor. Look for the music note symbol on each of the three selected pieces and decide which of the chosen works will inspire your writing. If you are unable to visit City Hall, you may view the images here on our website or learn more about the art and artists here on our website.  In addition, we have put together Teacher Lesson Plans for use in the classroom.

2. Write an original poem or short story (no more than 500 words in length) inspired by ONE of the exhibit’s artworks that “sings” to you. Only ONE contest entry per person, please.

3. Prepare your entry as an electronic Word document, (in English only), in a twelve-point font. Include at the top the author’s name, address, phone number, email address, age, title of work, and number of words.

4. Submit your entry by April 4, 2018, BY EMAIL ONLY to [email protected] with “#arttales contest entry#” as the email subject line – together with a completed release form (see next item below).

5. Complete a savable pdf release form – parents must do this for youth entries under 18 – copy the document to your desktop, fill it in, save and send it along with your entry poem or short story in your email.

6. For more information contact Tobie Roach, Public Art Project Manager at 805-658-4759 or by email

  1. Municipal Art Collection
  2. Archives

The Municipal Art Collection, on permanent exhibit in City Hall, continues to be an important attraction for both residents and visitors. Since its inception in 1999, the collection has grown to include 92 works by 71 artists, each of whom have made a significant contribution to the history of visual art in Ventura County - a main criterion of acquisition. The Municipal Art Acquisition Program through its Municipal Art Acquisition Committee, a sub-committee of the Public Art Commission, oversees the purchase of new artworks. The Municipal Art Collection showcases the breadth and diversity of Ventura County's visual art community through the representation of multiple media, including sculpture, painting, photography, etching, and ceramics. The entire collection may be viewed online. For more information contact Cary Glenn at 805-658-4793 or email.