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.
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On Saturday, March 3, 2018, 9 high school students from all across the state will step onto the stage and into the spotlight to recite poems for a live audience and Arizona PBS’s TV cameras. In April, Arizona PBS and Arizona Public Media will televise a half-hour special featuring highlights from the competition!
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.”
“The American people are recognized for their innovative spirit and these grants represent the vision, energy, and talent of America’s artists and arts organizations,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “I am proud of the role the National Endowment for the Arts plays in helping advance the creative capacity of the United States.”
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.
To help potential applicants prepare successful applications, we are presenting online information sessions for both Community Investment Grants and Festival Grants. These online information sessions will walk potential applicants through the grant application guidelines, including eligibility requirements, funding restrictions, and application process.
Earlier this month the National Council of Nonprofits hosted a special nationwide webinar, Now What: How the New Federal Tax Law Impacts Charitable Nonprofits, to share what operational changes nonprofits may need to make right away, what nonprofit leaders need to know about state and local policy changes, and other items that will affect nonprofits and the people they serve.
The 2018 Arizona Poetry Out Loud Regional Finals will be held in Tucson, Flagstaff, and Phoenix in February 2018. At each event, the top students from each region’s participating schools will compete to represent the region at the State Finals in March. These events are free and open to the public,
“It is with gratitude and excitement that we announce the engagement of Elisa Lucía Radcliffe as the Arts Commission’s next Arts Learning Manager. Elisa brings to the work an invaluable combination of professional experience as a practitioner, educator, scholar, and leader of collaborative programs.”