Art Tales Writing Contest 

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Art Tales Writing Contest Inspired by Art 2019

The City of Ventura is pleased to sponsor this 11th annual creative contest open to writers of all ages worldwide. We invite you to take a walk through Ventura City Hall, located at 501 Poli St., and enjoy the Municipal Art Collection. You will find the four pieces chosen for this year’s contest housed on the second floor. Look for the Art Tales marker near each of the four 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.The contest invites writers to compose a short story or poem (500 words or less) inspired by these selected artworks.

2019 Theme

“Objects of Curious Happenstance”

We may not consider it, or even think twice, but do you wonder sometimes…

What is the story of that thing? What is it? Where has it been? Who made it? What did the artist intend it to be? Who else has happened upon it? What did they think of it?

This year’s Art Tales inspires curiosity of whimsical things. I challenge you to create a story or poem that explains the curiosity!

-Tobie Roach, Public Art Project Manager

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

How to Enter

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 Art Tales Marker near each of the four 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 twelve-point font. Include at the top: the author’s name, address, phone number, email address, age, title of work, title of artwork selected and number of words.  For those sending in entries for multiple writers, a separate document is required for each entry.  If your work is not received in this format, it may be disqualified.

4. Submit your entry by April 10, 2019, 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 [email protected]

Municipal Art Collection

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 Emily Fox at 805-658-4793 or [email protected]