arts-in-education program of the College of Fine Arts and the Lively Arts at IUP,
will host one of 14 regional Poetry Out Loud competitions held in Pennsylvania that will determine who will represent each region at the state POL competition on March 9, 2020, in Harrisburg.
The ArtsPath regional competition takes place at 6:30 p.m. this coming Monday, February 3, in the upper lobby of the IUP Performing Arts Center. The public is invited, and admission is free. Light refreshments will be served following the recitations
when the winner will be announced.
Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation competition
that begins at the classroom level at schools in every state and pyramids through school, regional, and state levels, ending with a national-level competition of state champions that is held in Washington, DC. It encourages high school-age students to learn about significant works
of poetry through memorization and adjudicated performance.
The champions representing their schools in the ArtsPath region
this year are Ryan Pettes from the Kiski School; Daniel Kukula, Blairsville High School; Julia Wirth, DuBois Area High School; and Grace Wadding, Indiana Area High School.
Each will recite from memory three poems that satisfy the criteria of one being pre-20th century and one being 25 lines or less. Their recitations this year include poems by Nick Flynn, William Wordsworth, Stephen Dunn, Alex Dimitrov, Jamaal May, Stephen
Crane, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Sarah Lindsay, as well as several others.
Judges for this year’s competition are:
The evening will also feature guitar music by Liam Kleckner, a senior music education major from Catasauqua, Pennsylvania.
For more information, please contact Jeff Wacker at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the Lively Arts at 724-357-2787 (ARTS).
ArtsPath has been providing arts-in-education services since 2001 to over 3,000 students annually in Armstrong, Butler, Clarion, Indiana, and Jefferson counties. Poetry
Out Loud is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency under the Governor’s Office. Its mission is to foster the excellence, diversity, and vitality
of the arts in Pennsylvania and to broaden the availability and appreciation of those arts throughout the state.