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Poetry Out Loud

Next Event Times: 
Thursday, February 12, 2015
7:00 pm

Event Locations:

The Monday Club
1815 Monterey St.
San Luis Obispo

Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation scholarship contest, with a total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends awarded at the annual National Competition Finals. 

This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. The contest was created in 2006 by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, and is administered in partnership with the State Arts Agencies of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

The schedule and curriculum for POL are designed to fit a teacher’s busy schedule implemented in the class room any time during the fall through early winter according to each teacher’s and high school’s agenda. Standards-based curriculum materials are provided to participating schools. School-wide competitions would need to be scheduled in time to sufficiently precede the county-wide competition in early February. The state-level competition will take place mid-March.

Contact ARTS Obispo for a sample schedule SLO County teachers have used for their classrooms. Registration for 2014/2015, click here for the online form.

Visit the Poetry Out Loud SLO County Facebook page to stay updated and share your experience with all things Poetry Out Loud!

2014 Poetry Out Loud winner Alec Wingfield at the CA State Competition

Arts in Education Blog

"Spontaneous drawing is the child’s most useful language for articulating acute perceptions, expressing subtle and complex thoughts and coming to grips with intense feelings.

Thus drawing, he said, is a largely unrecognized but valuable tool in acquiring literacy.

Even before learning words, children have an innate language that emerges as graphic models or symbols. “It seems to be buried there,” said the father of three, grandfather and great grandfather. “It seems to be a gift.”

Ignore it, and it will wither. Nurture it and it will blossom."