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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

"The city of New York will spend $23 million more on arts education next year and hire 120 new art teachers for middle and high schools, Mayor de Blasio announced Tuesday.

The budget bump, included in the spending plan passed last week, will also go to spruce up studios, auditoriums and dance floors and give teachers money to buy art supplies.

“For too long, we had underinvested in arts education and cultural education in our schools. And it was time to right that wrong and do something aggressive about it,” de Blasio said.