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Poetry Out Loud

Event Locations:

San Luis Coastal Adult School
1500 Lizzie St.
Room J2
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.

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

2013 Poetry Out Loud winner Jenna Clift

Arts in Education Blog

What do you get when you shake together in one fabulous night –fifty talented kids, thirteen creative teachers, thirteen Board Members and too numerous to count generous members of our local community?

You get DINING WITH THE ARTS!  A fun filled evening of Fine and Performing Arts, dine with Chef Charlie, indulge in some of the area’s finest wines and a once a year opportunity to bid on unique live and silent auction items to support our local youth arts programs, and the pleasure to meet some of the artists and performers in person.

October 25th, The Berg Auditorium.