The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities will present the District of Columbia Finals for Poetry Out Loud in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation on Monday, March 18, 2013. The District of Columbia Finals will take place at the National Portrait Gallery.
Poetry Out Loud is a contest that encourages the nation's youth to learn about poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. Nearly 2,000 high school students from nine D.C. public, charter and private schools participated in the Poetry Out Loud program in 2012-2013.
“Poetry Out Loud is an excellent program that teaches the humanities by connecting students with great works of poetry that will live with them for a lifetime,” said Lionell Thomas, Executive Director of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
Nine students will advance to the District Finals, which will be hosted by television and radio personality, Free of WPGC 95.5 FM. The winner of the District Finals will receive a monetary award and a variety of poetry literature for his or her classroom. The winner will advance to compete for a $20,000 scholarship in the National Finals, which takes place on April 28–30, 2013 at the Lisner Auditorium on the campus of The George Washington University.
Last year, Garrett Jansen, from St. Anselm’s Abbey School in Northeast was selected as the District Poetry Out Loud champion and represented the District in the 2012 National Finals last May.
Poetry Out Loud District of Columbia Finals
National Portrait Gallery
Eighth and G Streets, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
Monday, March 18, 2013
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.
Poetry Out Loud is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities and the Poetry Foundation. The District of Columbia piloted the program in 2004.
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities provides grants, professional opportunities, education enrichment, and other programs and services to individuals and nonprofit organizations in all communities within the District of Columbia.
The Arts Commission is supported primarily by District government funds and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.