HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Hattiesburg Arts Council.
Hattiesburg Arts Council announces the southern regional contest 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. In the 2014-2015 school year, Poetry Out Loud celebrates its tenth anniversary, reaching nearly 2.5 million students at more than 7,300 schools nationwide in the past decade. On Friday February 6th, starting at 12noon, high school students from Biloxi, Brookhaven, Meridian, Mize, MS School of Arts, Ocean Springs, Natchez and WINGS home school, will participate in the Poetry Out Loud southern regional contest.
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. Some 365,000 students from more than 2,300 high schools took part in the 2013–2014 Poetry Out Loud program.
At the Hattiesburg Cultural Center, 723 N. Main Street, beginning 12 noon contestants will recite works they selected from an anthology of more than 800 classic and contemporary poems. Students participating in the Poetry Out Loud program have benefited from educational materials created by the Arts Endowment 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 resources at www.poetryoutloud.org.