High School students representing every region in the state will compete in the 2018 Poetry Out Loud State Competition on March 3, 2018.
Poetry Out Loud is a national, high school poetry recitation competition developed by the Poetry Foundation. Through generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the program is free to all students and encourages them to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation.
The mission of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge is to foster the creative capacity and vibrancy of the capital region through advocacy, resources, and education. The Arts Council administers the Poetry Out Loud program on behalf of the Louisiana Division of the Arts, and promotes the Poetry Out Loud competition to high school students in its 11-parish region and re-grants funds to regions across the state in order to facilitate the program in their areas.
Participation helps students master public speaking skills, build self- confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. Participation also increases student engagement in literature classes, provides non-academic scholarship opportunities for students, and creates statewide cultural connections for schools.
The competition will be held at the Capitol Park Museum at 12:00 PM and is free and open to the public. Justine Haka, program assistant for the Poetry Foundation, will be the keynote speaker.