City of Ventura’s 9th annual Art Tales “writing contest inspired by art” recently held a standing room only reception to honor the 2017 contest winners. Youth, high school and adult writers submitted a record 123 works of short fiction and poems inspired by the City of Ventura’s Municipal and Public Art Collections that can be seen in the corridors of City Hall.
Contestants ranged in age from kindergarten to over 80 years old and most entries came from Ventura County.
Ventura Mayor Erik Nasarenko welcomed the writers and their guests at the reception held at the E.P. Foster Library in Downtown Ventura held on June 8. Mayor Nasarenko stated “Thank you, teachers, all of you, for inspiring your students to write such beautiful pieces inspired by art.”
Denise Sindelar, Ventura Community Partnerships Manager told those in attendance “The Art Tales program introduces the city’s Municipal Art Collection to a whole new community. Over 120 creative writing submissions were contributed by writers from all over the state. Wonderful works by talented writers inspired by world class art.”