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Poetry Out Loud ™ - 2020 DC Finals

Poetry Out Loud ™ National Recitation Contest

2020 District of Columbia Finals

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 | 7:00 - 9:00 pm

200 I (Eye) Street SE

Multi-Purpose Room

Washington, DC 20003

This event is free and open to the public.

All attendees are requested to present valid photo identification upon entry.

Please note that seating is limited and that all attendees are requested to confirm attendance as soon as possible. (Click here to RSVP)

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) proudly presents the District of Columbia Finals for Poetry Out Loud ™ in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.

The competition starts at 7 pm and will feature performances by local artists and arts organizations. High school students from DC public, charter and private schools will compete at the finals: Banneker High School, Capital City Public Charter School, Columbia Heights Education Campus, District of Columbia International School, E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, Eastern 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 2020 National Finals for the title of National Champion and a $20,000 prize

For more information, please contact David Markey at [email protected] or 202-671-1354.