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Poetry Out Loud

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities 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 on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. The event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 | 7 pm
DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment
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. RSVP here. 

The competition starts at 7 pm and will feature performances by local artists and arts organizations. Renowned artist Joseph Green will host the event, with performances by Split This Rock's DC Youth Slam Poetry Team and Natalie Illum.

Thirteen high school students from DC public, charter and private schools will compete at the finals:
Banneker High School, BASIS Public Charter School, Capital City Public Charter School, Cardozo High School, Dunbar High School, E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, Eastern High School, Georgetown Visitation Prepatory School, McKinley Technology High School, SEED Public Charter School, St. Anselm's Abbey School, Washington Latin Public Charter School and Wilson High 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. 

About the Competition - The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) to support Poetry Out Loud, a FREE high school program which encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This dynamic program helps high school students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, learn about their literary heritage, and compete for more than $100,000 in awards.

How Do I Get My Students Involved? - Schools must register through the state contact listed below. All materials and resources are provided along with preparation workshops led by teaching artists. Competitions begin in fall 2015 at the school or classroom level to identify one student winner to represent their school in the state finals held in mid-March. The state winner represents Washington DC at the National Finals in early-May in Washington, DC.

Eeach Winner at the State Level Will Receive: 
· A $200 cash prize and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC
· A $500 cash stipend for their school to purchase poetry materials
· An opportunity to compete at the 2016 National Finals for the title of National Champion and a $20,000 prize

For more information or to register your school, please contact David Markey at [email protected] or (202) 671-1354 or visit www.poetryoutloud.org