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The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have once again partnered with the Indiana Arts Commission to support Poetry Out Loud, a program which encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This exciting, FREE program helps high school students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. Classrooms, clubs, and groups from all over the nation participate in Poetry Out Loud.
Competitions are first held at the school level to decide the student that will represent their school at the state finals. The state champion will go on to represent Indiana at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington D.C.!
The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) will coordinate the ninth annual Poetry Out Loud Indiana State Finals competition. Indiana high schools are encouraged to participate in this annual poetry recitation contest sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation. Initial competitions are held at the high school level to determine one student to represent the school in state competition. Preliminary school competitions should be completed by February 1, 2014. State competition will be held in late February to determine the Indiana state champion. The winner of the state championship will represent Indiana at the 2013/2014 Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, D.C. in late April.
Registration is currently open for the 2014 competition. There are no registration costs for high schools interested in participating in the Indiana Poetry Out Loud competition, and all resource materials will be provided. Schools must register in advance to take part in the Poetry Out Loud competition. For more information on how to register for Poetry Out Loud, contact Kristina Davis, at email@example.com or call 317-232-1279.
Thanks to a contribution from the Rooker Foundation, Indiana State Poet Laureate Karen Kovacik will once again be available to visit schools registering for the first time providing expert guidance to help students develop memorization, interpretation, and recitation skills. Scheduling of the Poet Laureate in-school sessions will be of a first-come, first-served basis, and will based on the Poet Laureate’s availability.
The winner at the state level receives:
The state winner's school receives:
The state runner-up receives:
A total of $50,000 in scholarship awards and school stipends will be awarded at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals, with a $20,000 college scholarship award for the National Champion.
Any public or private high school in the state is welcome and encouraged to participate. Over 250,000 students are expected to participate in the program this year. For more information, contact 317-232-1268.