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Poetry Out Loud

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
7:00 pm Competition
DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment (OCTFME)
1899 9th Street NE
Washington, DC 20018


*Please note that seating is limited and that all attendees are requested to confirm attendance as soon as possible.

The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) is pleased to present the District of Columbia Finals for Poetry Out Loud in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The program will take place at the DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment (OCTFME) on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 7:00 PM. The event is free and open to the public.

The competition starts at 7:00 PM and will feature performances by local artists and arts organizations. Renowned actor and teaching artist Paige Hernandez will host the event, with performances by Split This Rock's DC Youth Slam Poetry Team.

Nine high school students from DC public, charter and private schools will compete at the finals. They represent Basis Public Charter School, Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, Capital City Public Charter School, Columbia Heights Education Campus, EL Haynes High School, McKinley Technology High School, St. Anselm’s Abbey School, The SEED School of Washington and Washington Latin Public Charter School.

About Poetry Out Loud - Poetry Out Loud is a national competition that seeks to foster the next generation of literary readers by capitalizing on the latest trends in poetry - recitation and performance. The program builds on the resurgence of the oral art form of poetry, as seen in the slam poetry and spoken word movements. The program invites these dynamic aspects into the classroom, where teachers engage students through classroom memorization, performances and competition. Through Poetry Out Loud, students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.

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