As if the Arizona Poetry Out Loud state finals weren’t exciting enough, the 2018 finals will once again be held in the downtown Phoenix studios of Arizona PBS. 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! 

“We are thrilled to be a partner in hosting and broadcasting the Arizona Poetry Out Loud competition,” said Arizona PBS producer Suzanne Guery. “This competition emphasizes many of the values our organization is dedicated to supporting, such as academic advancement, literacy and personal pride. All of the finalists made great achievements to reach this point, and we’re pleased to take part in celebrating those successes.”

The 2018 Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Finals are open to the public and admission is free, but space is limited. We request anyone planning to attend RSVP via our online form:

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You can watch an interview with last year’s 2017 Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Champion Kellen Vu below:


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Arizona Commission on the Arts

Thank you to Verde Valley Leadership, Inc. for inviting us to present at their monthly Development Day this afternoon. Our Programs and Grants Coordinator Brad DeBiase co-presented with ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts' Ricky Araiza on the role the arts can play in addressing complex community challenges.

Meanwhile, our Artist Services Manager Gabriela Muñoz participated (virtually) in a panel on “Dance + Art in the Sonoran Desert” at the National Performance Network Annual Conference in Pittsburgh. The panel, organized by Yvonne Montoya, a Tucson-based dance artist and founder of Safos Dance Theatre, also included M. Jenea Sanchez, a media artist and co-founder of Border Arts Corridor in Douglas, and Erin Donahue, a Scottsdale-based dance artist and arts administrator. The panel discussed "the challenges and opportunities of collaborating across 3 different cities to serve and collaborate with artists in communities that have been historically marginalized and isolated."
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