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Poetry Out Loud District Finals

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Hosted by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) is pleased to host the 2014 Poetry Out Loud District finals on March 4th at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. The competition starts at 6:00 PM and will feature performances by local artists and arts organizations including Split this Rock’s DC Youth Slam Team, DJ RBI with Words, Beats and Life, and Regie Cabico, a local poet and spoken word artist. Helen Hayes Award winner Erika Rose will host the event.

Eleven high school students from DC public, charter and private schools will compete at the finals. They represent Archbishop Carroll High School, Ballou Senior High School, Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, Capital City Public Charter School, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Friendship Collegiate Academy, McKinley Technology High School, St. Anselm’s Abbey School, The SEED School of Washington, Washington Latin Public Charter School and Woodrow Wilson High School. The winner will go on to the Poetry Out Loud National Championship at the George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium on April 29-30, 2014.

“Research has shown us the many benefits of arts education in our schools,” said Lavinia Wohlfarth, Acting Chair of DCCAH. “Not only are these students gaining a greater understanding of poetry and literature, they are also learning valuable life and career skills such as public speaking and increased self-confidence.”

 “Poetry Out Loud helps to promote the humanities and the development of our young artists,” said Lionell Thomas, Executive Director of DCCAH. “It is a wonderful opportunity to see our local talent showcased, and we are so proud of all the students participating. We are pleased to work with our national partner, the National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation on this exciting program.”

The District finals are free and open to the public. All may RSVP here.

About Poetry Out Loud - Poetry Out Loud, a joint program of the National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation, 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.

About the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

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.