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 2018 in Harrisburg.
The ArtsPath regional competition takes place at 6:30 p.m. this coming Monday, January 29, 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, this national 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.
The champions representing their schools
in the ArtsPath region this year are Edgard Mercado from the Kiski School; Rachel Wilkins, Marion Center Area High School; Amy Kukula, Blairsville High School; Jacquelyn Spicher, DuBois Area High School; Emily Marshall, Homer-Center High School; and
Dylan McAnulty, 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 Tony Hoagland, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Billy Collins, Robert Frost, Walt Whitman,
Albert Guest, Jeffery Skinner, Emily Dickinson, Charles Lamb, Suju Kwock Kim, and Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, as well as several others.
Judges for this year’s competition are:
The evening will also feature piano music by Hayden Kramer, a sophomore music education major from Huntingdon, Pa.
For more information, please contact Liz Upson Perez at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Jeff Wacker at email@example.com,
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.