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Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud
District of Columbia Finals

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) 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 Blind Whino on Thursday, March 7, 2019. The event is free and open to the public. The Master of Ceremonies will be Charity Blackwell. In addition, live performances of local DC-based artists will be included in the evening's program - the Howard University Step Team, BlaqueStone and Marjan Naderi of Split This Rock.

Thursday, March 7, 2019 | 7 pm
Blind Whino SW Arts Club
700 Delaware Ave, SW Washington, DC 

*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. 
Eleven high school students from DC public, charter and private schools will compete at the finals:
Anacostia High School, Banneker High School, Capital City Public Charter School, Cesar Chavez Public Charter School, District of Columbia International School, Duke Ellington School of The Arts, E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, Eastern High School, McKinley Technology High School, St. Anselm's Abbey School 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. 

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.

Each 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 2019 National Finals for the title of National Champion and a $20,000 prize

For more information, please contact Special Events Associate JaKenna Martin at [email protected] or (202) 724-5613.