Poetry Out Loud State Finals 2018 Announced

Poetry Out Loud State Finals 2018 AnnouncedThe Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and the Honolulu Theatre for Youth announce the state finals for Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. The competition, presented in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. On March 4, 2018 at 11:00am students from 11 high schools located on Oahu, Hawaii Island, Maui, and Kauai, will participate in the Poetry Out Loud state finals at Tenney Theatre, located on the grounds of St. Andrew's Cathedral in Honolulu, HI.

Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure. Beginning at the classroom level, winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to the state competition, and ultimately to the national finals in Washington, DC. More than 310,000 students from 2,300 high schools took part in the 2016-2017 Poetry Out Loud program. Several Hawaii winners have gone on to place in the top three in the national finals.

At Tenney Theatre, contestants will recite works they selected from an anthology of more than 900 classic and contemporary poems. Students participating in the Poetry Out Loud program have benefited from educational materials created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. These standards-based curriculum materials include an online anthology, a teacher's guide, lesson plans, and video and audio on the art of recitation. Schools are welcome to download these free resources at poetryoutloud.org.

"It is a wonderful thing for young people to be courageous enough to stand in front of their peers to recite poetry. They have to grapple with a poem's meaning, figure out how to vocalize that meaning, then perform in front of an audience without any notes. The SFCA is proud of the hundreds of Hawaii students who have risen to that challenge since POL's inception." said Jonathan Johnson, Executive Director of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

Poetry Out Loud Awards

The winner of the Poetry Out Loud Hawai'i state finals will receive $200, and the winner's school will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry materials. The first runner-up will receive $100, with $200 for his or her school library. The state champion of the Poetry Out Loud Hawai'i state finals will receive an all-expenses-paid trip (with an adult chaperone) to compete in the national finals in Washington, DC, on April 24-25, 2018. The Poetry Out Loud national finals will present a total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends, with a $20,000 award for the Poetry Out Loud National Champion.

Hawai'i Poetry Out Loud state finals at Tenney Theatre

The Poetry Out Loud Hawai'i state finals will take place on March 4, 2018 at 11:00am at Tenney Theatre, located on the grounds of St. Andrew's Cathedral in Honolulu, HI. The host will be Ben Gutierrez, of Hawai'i News Now. The event is free and open to the public. For more information on the state finals, contact edadmin@htyweb.org or visit poetryoutloud.org.

About the National Endowment for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America's rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. For more information, visit arts.gov.

About the Poetry Foundation

The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. The Poetry Foundation seeks to be a leader in shaping a receptive climate for poetry by developing new audiences, creating new avenues for delivery, and encouraging new kinds of poetry through innovative partnerships, prizes, and programs. For more information, visit poetryfoundation.org.

About Honolulu Theatre for Youth

Honolulu Theatre for Youth is Hawaii's non-profit professional theatre company providing theatre and drama education programs that make a difference in the lives of Hawaii's young people and families. Founded in 1955, HTY is recognized the world over as one of America's most honored theatres. Explore HTY on the web at www.htyweb.org

About State Foundation on Culture and the Arts

The mission of the Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) is to promote, perpetuate, preserve and encourage culture and the arts as central to the quality of life of the people of Hawai'i. The SFCA holds as a core value support for the appreciation and practice of the arts by people throughout their lives. Find out more at http://sfca.hawaii.gov

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