The Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Finals were held at the studios of Arizona PBS in Downtown Phoenix on Saturday, March 3. After three rounds of recitations, Sophie Weinzinger, a junior at Coconino High School, was named State Champion while Antonio Juarez, a senior at Willow Canyon High School in Surprise, was named first runner-up.
The Arizona Commission on the Arts is partnering with Arizona the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) to engage communities in conversations about arts education in Arizona schools during a statewide tour this Winter.
Diane Douglas, Superintendent of Public Instruction of the State of Arizona, has officially proclaimed March 2018 as Arizona Youth Art Month, urging Arizona residents to “give their full support to quality school arts programs for our youth.”
“Alberto Ríos’ contributions to Arizona’s arts and cultural landscape, legacy and diversity are deep and important. His impact is particularly compelling when you see how he has created an understanding and appreciation for poetry throughout the state and how he integrates discussions of literature into the conversation.”