ArtsPath, the 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 in March 2016 in Harrisburg.
The ArtsPath regional competition takes place at 6:30 p.m.
this coming Monday, February 15, 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
Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation,
recitation competition begins at the classroom level and pyramids
through school, regional, and state levels, ending with a national-level
competition of state champions that is held in Washington, D.C. It
encourages high school-age students to learn about significant works of
poetry through memorization and adjudicated performance.
champions representing their schools in the ArtsPath region this year
are Ben Gardner from the Kiski School, Claire Henderson from Marion Center Area High School, Greyson Knepp from Clarion-Limestone Area Jr./Sr. High School, Mackenzie Lines from DuBois Area High School, and Lillian Rauss from 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 Ellas Wheeler Wilcox, Geoffrey Brock, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Rabindranath Tagore, Carmen
Giménez Smith, and Bob Hicok, as
well as several others.
Judges for this year’s competition are:
evening will also feature music by two students from the IUP Music Department: Alex Price on guitar, and Nashwan Asef Abdullah on violin.
For more information, please contact Jeff Wacker at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the Lively Arts at 724-357-2787 (ARTS).
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