Thursday, September 13, 2012
The Maine Arts Commission is pleased to announce that schools can now register for Poetry Out Loud quickly and easily online. Poetry Out Loud is organized by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation and administered at the state level by the Maine Arts Commission. This program encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance; it provides a meaningful educational experience of poetry in written and spoken form. Prizes are awarded to successful students and schools at the state and national level, including a $20,000 scholarship awarded to the National Champion.
Last year, over 7,700 students and more than 200 teachers from 45 high schools across Maine participated in Poetry Out Loud. Ten finalists recited poems in a state final competition which was broadcast live on Maine Public Broadcasting Network and introduced the program to a larger audience. If you missed it, you can view the 2012 Maine State Final here. We anticipate that 2013 will be just as exciting, and encourage all teachers to consider giving their students the chance to shine in this nationwide celebration of poetry!
The Maine Arts Commission believes that the arts are an integral part of a well-rounded education. Through our Arts in Education programs we endeavor to create and support innovative arts learning opportunities that engage students and teachers alike in creative thinking, arts participation and the building of vibrant learning communities. You can find more information on the benefits of Poetry Out Loud, and all of the Maine Arts Commission’s educational programming by visiting MaineArts.com.