What is it?

Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation competition created by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation and administered in partnership with the state arts agencies. Each participating school receives an artist residency and the opportunity for the school champion to attend the state competition with a chaperone. The state champion goes on to the national competition in Washington D.C.
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Who’s eligible?

All Kentucky high schools, public and private, may apply. Homeschooled students may compete through a participating local high school or a home school regional competition hosted by a local library or community center.

What’s the deadline to apply?

Oct. 1, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time

How do I apply?

  1. Carefully review the program guidelines. [Download Adobe Reader]
  2. Choose a literature, storytelling or theater artist from the Teaching Artists Directory.
  3. Complete the application form.
  4. Make arrangements for the district superintendent to approve the proposal and sign your application.
  5. Mail us a printout of your application.

If I receive a grant, what are my responsibilities?

  • The Kentucky Arts Council will mail a grant agreement form (GAF) to your superintendent/CEO for a signature. Ensure the GAF is signed and submitted to the arts council in a timely manner.
  • Send a letter to each of your state legislators. (Sample)
  • Acknowledge the Kentucky Arts Council, the NEA and the Poetry Foundation in all public communications. (How?)
  • Conduct a school-wide competition and select a school champion.
  • Arrange for your school champion to attend the state competition on Mar. 13, 2014 in Frankfort.
  • Submit a final report by April 15, 2014.

If I have questions, who can help me?

Jean St. John
Arts Education Director
888-833-2787 (toll free)
502-564-8110, ext. 486


Last updated: June 4, 2014
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