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Poetry Out Loud Program

Grants to Kentucky High Schools to
Participate in a Poetry Reading Competition

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Poetry Foundation, Kentucky Arts Council

Deadline Date:

09/17/18 4:30 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to Kentucky high schools to participate in a nationwide poetry reading competition. Participating schools will receive the opportunity to work with professional teaching artists. Teaching artists will hold interactive workshops to help high school students prepare for the competition.

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 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.

The purpose of the Poetry Out Loud Program is to promote the art of poetry in both the classroom and the community. This program is meant to directly benefit a broad population by including schools of assorted sizes from a variety of geographical regions in both urban and rural areas.

Participating schools must incorporate poetry recitation into the curriculum.

In Kentucky, every participating classroom receives a grant to reimburse a professional teaching artist to provide an interactive workshop to help students prepare for competition. Participating schools will receive free multimedia curriculum materials, including teacher guides, audio guides and posters. The state winner receives $200 and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete for a $20,000 scholarship in the national competition. The state winner’s school receives a $500 award for the purchase of poetry books.

Participating in the State Finals

- Each school participating in the program is expected (at minimum) to send their school champion to compete in the state finals on March 5, 2019, in Frankfort, Ky.

- By Feb. 8, 2019, each participating school should hold a school competition (of no fewer than two students) to choose a school champion and return the form to Jean St. John, arts education director. Participating schools must ensure the school champion is in grade 9 through 12 and a U.S. citizen or permanent resident as required by the NEA. School Championship Form.

- Fill out proper travel reimbursement forms provided by the arts council. The arts council will provide a maximum of two hotel rooms and travel reimbursement for the student and his or her parent and teacher to the state finals.

- Permit the school champion, if selected as state champion, to participate in the National Poetry Out Loud competition on April 29 – May 1, 2019, in Washington, D.C.

Funds received from the arts council may only be used as outlined in the grant agreement form.

Schools shall designate a teacher or other representative as the school’s program coordinator.

Hotel accommodations and travel expense reimbursements will be made to only the school district. It is the responsibility of school districts to distribute reimbursement funds to the appropriate parents and /or teachers.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162350

Estimated Size of Grant:

In Kentucky, every participating classroom receives a grant to reimburse a professional teaching artist to provide an interactive workshop to help students prepare for competition. Participating schools will receive free multimedia curriculum materials, including teacher guides, audio guides and posters. The state winner receives $200 and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete for a $20,000 scholarship in the national competition. The state winner’s school receives a $500 award for the purchase of poetry books.

Term of Contract:

Participating schools must organize a school-wide poetry competition and select a school champion by Feb. 8, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

Participating students must be in grades 9 through 12 or grade 8 currently attending classes in a grade 9 classroom. Multiple classes are encouraged to participate at each school.

Restrictions:
- Participating class size must not exceed 31 students when the artist is working in the school.
- A teacher must remain in the classroom with the artist at all times of the program.
- Artists only work with each class one time.
- Funds cannot be used to purchase food or beverages.
- Funds cannot be used for expenses incurred before the starting date of the period covered in the grant request.
- Funds cannot be used to pay for substitutes or awards for participants at the school level.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: Sept. 17, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time

Program Timeline:
- Registration deadline: Sept. 17, 2018
- Deadline to submit school winner: Feb. 8, 2019
- State Finals, Frankfort, Ky.: March 5, 2019
- State finalist register for National Finals deadline: March 18, 2019
- Final Report deadline: April 15, 2019
- National Finals, Washington, D.C.: April 29-May 1, 2019

Acceptance will be on a first-come-first-serve basis as program resources allow. Schools will be notified within two weeks after the deadline.

Schools will be paid for the Teaching Artists on a reimbursement basis. The school must agree to pay for the artist and the Kentucky Arts Council grant payment will be made to the district.

Program Guidelines:
http://artscouncil.ky.gov/KAC/Creativity/POLguidelines.htm

Core Values:
http://artscouncil.ky.gov/KAC/About/values.htm

About the Program:
http://youtu.be/lIi8xd-0fnc

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Registration Form:
http://artscouncil.ky.gov/KAC/Creativity/POLregistration.htm

Jean St. John, Arts Education Director
502-892-3124
888-833-2787 (toll free)
jean.stjohn@ky.gov

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Kentucky