The Springfield Area Arts Council will host the Poetry Out Loud Central Illinois Regional Contest on Thursday, February 9, at 4:00 P.M. in Theatre Three at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. There is no admission cost, and all are welcome.
Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition for high school students across the country. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. It is a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Foundation, and state and jurisdictional arts agencies. Since 2005, Poetry Out Loud has grown to reach more than 4.1 million students and 68,000 teachers from 17,000 schools and organizations in every state, American Samoa, District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
In Poetry Out Loud, teenagers select, analyze, and commit to memory classic and contemporary poems for recitation. Beginning at the classroom level, winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to one of eight regional competitions in Illinois, then to the state tournament (also held in Springfield, March 13, 10:00 A.M.), and ultimately to the national finals in Washington, D. C. The Springfield Area Arts Council partners with the Illinois Arts Council Agency to bring this program to central Illinois. This year, 8 area high schools, 19 teachers, and 1,264 students are participating.
Decatur: Eisenhower High School
Eureka: Eureka High School
Franklin: Franklin High School
Pekin: New Hope Christian Academy
Springfield: Lutheran High School; Sacred Heart-Griffin High School; Southeast High School; Springfield High School