The Story Trail is a story writing/public art collaboration initiative for students, grades 4th-7th to be published on an accessible public art path.
New Author Coming July 2021!
Who Can Submit:
Any student in grade 4th-7th
How To Submit:
Review the Criteria and then click the "Submit A Story" Button Above
Stories that draw inspiration from the murals, artwork, and characters of the NoCo Arts And Cultural District! Check out "Inspiration Artwork" in the resources section below to see images of some artwork to draw inspiration from!
The story should be less than 500 words in length. The original story was 350 words in length.
March 1, 2021: Online Submission Begin
March 1, 2021-May 28, 2021: Submission Application Open Online
May 28, 2021: Portal Closed at Midnight
June 20, 2021: Winners Announced
TBA: Ribbon Cutting At Story Trail for New Story
Judging Criteria and Process:
Demonstrating the ability to write creatively using an introduction, action, and conclusion.
Demonstrating creativity or unique thought in terms of the story arc
Overall wow factor or interest of the submitted story to the audience of a young family
Overall benefit to the area of the NoCo district as a family-friendly space
Special consideration will be given to stories submitted with illustration
Judging will be conducted by a panel, the panel will be chosen by Jeffersonville Public Art Commission (JPAC).
The panel will choose 3 stories for recognition. The 1st place story will be converted into panels for the trail while the 2nd and 3rd place story will receive recognition on our website and social media pages. All three students will be invited to be honored at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new story.
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What is it?
The Story Trail is a combination of an accessible, walkable path with a uniquely written story/activities for path-walkers to enjoy. The story is separated into 12 segments, mounted throughout the path on vinyl storyboard panels. The storyboards are elevated to "children's eye level" by vertical PVC pipes which have been secured into the ground and follow the perimeter of the walking path. The storyboards display the author's story on the front of the board and host participatory questions/activities on the back of each board, to encourage guests to engage with the story in various ways!
How Did It Start?
The Jeffersonville Public Arts Commission (JPAC) initiated the story trail out of a need to edit the public art program of 2020. The commissioners wanted something unique and authentic to the arts in our area with an eye towards an experience for families that was socially distanced and safe, free, and easily accessible to all.
JPAC commissioner, Rosy Callahan, brought forth the idea of the story trail as one she had stumbled upon in another community. The commission felt that the NoCo Arts District was the perfect place to create an intimate story trail, tucked away within it's whimsical surroundings.
JPAC commissioned a local student writer, Ava Gleitz, to be the first contributing writer for the trail. Ava was chosen because of the flavor of her winning submission during the spring "Creative Creatures Writing Contest". Ava created a NEW story just for the 12 panels within the NoCo Story Trail area inspired by the surrounding artwork of the area.
This whimsical and enchanting trail needed something extra special to alert participants that they have arrived! SO, JPAC commissioned two local mosaic artists - Deborah Hartmann Brownstein and Rhonda Snyder Sedam - to create a custom 3' by 8' mosaic threshold to walk atop as guests enter the trail.