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Poetry Out Loud speaks to the students

By From page B2 | February 01, 2017

This year marks El Dorado County’s eighth year of participating in Poetry Out Loud — a national arts education program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition. The program is a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation and state and regional arts agencies.

Throughout the month of January and into the first week of February, students from seven El Dorado County high schools will be delving into the literary canon — studying, interpreting and memorizing classical and contemporary poetry. Their efforts ending in a school-wide Poetry Out Loud competition where they will perform before a panel of trained Poetry Out Loud judges.

Poetry Out Loud school winners will then go on to vie for the title of Poetry Out Loud County Champion at the county finals held at Imagination Theater on the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 7. In past years, students have performed before a full house, with audience members and judges riveted by the students’ powerful, bold recitations.

The El Dorado County Poetry Out Loud Competition is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 with the evening’s program to begin promptly at 7. Imagination Theater is located at 100 Placerville Drive on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.

For more information on Poetry Out Loud and the Feb. 7 El Dorado County competition contact Andrew Vonderschmitt at (530) 295-3496 or [email protected]

The El Dorado County champion moves on to the California State Poetry Out Loud Competition in the Senate Chamber in Sacramento. There, he or she will compete against county winners from across the state, in the hopes of winning the state title. State champions receive an award of $200 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC to compete in the National Finals.

General information can be found at cac.ca.gov (click on the Initiatives tab) or visit poetryoutloud.org.

El Dorado Arts Council empowers artistic vision at all stages of development, promoting a vibrant community, both culturally and economically and supporting all art forms. EDAC promotes and encourages local artists and organizations throughout El Dorado County by providing advocacy, education, programs and services. EDAC, a nonprofit organization, is funded in part by sponsors and the community; tax-deductible contributions sustain artistic discovery and the opportunity to learn, connect and share.

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