Arizona schools invited to register for National Poetry Recitation Program

Jeff Smith at the 2014 Poetry Out Loud. (Submitted photo)

Jeff Smith at the 2014 Poetry Out Loud. (Submitted photo)

The Arizona Commission on the Arts invites Arizona high schools to participate in the 2015-2016 Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest, a free national program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.

Poetry Out Loud encourages youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance while mastering public speaking skills, building self-confidence and learning about literary heritage.

Participating teachers receive free multimedia curriculum materials – a poetry anthology, audio guide, teachers’ guide, posters and comprehensive website (www.poetryoutloud.org) all aligned to national standards – augmenting their regular poetry curriculum with poetry recitation and a classroom-level competition, according to a press release.

School-level recitation champions compete to advance to the regional, state and then national levels.

A total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends is awarded annually at the National Finals, according to the release.

Over 11,000 Arizona students and 47 schools in communities throughout the state participated in Poetry Out Loud In 2014, stated the release.

The Arizona Commission on the Arts partners with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, as well as regional and local organizations, to administer the Poetry Out Loud program in Arizona.

Arizona schools wishing to participate in the 2015-2016 Poetry Out Loud program are invited to visit www.azarts.gov/pol and complete a short online registration form, the release stated.

Online registration will be open until Oct. 30. Once registered, schools should contact their region’s partner to learn more about the many resources and opportunities available to them, according to the release.

Contact information for the regional partners can be found under the “Resources for Teachers” section of www.azarts.gov/pol.

Further detail regarding the Poetry Out Loud program is available at www.poetryoutloud.org.

For more information regarding Poetry Out Loud in Arizona, visit www.azarts.gov/pol  or e-mail the Arizona Commission on the Arts at info@azarts.gov.

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