The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation partner with state arts agencies to support Poetry Out Loud, a competition that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through analysis, memorization, and recitation. The program helps teens master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.
The 2022 season marks the 17th anniversary of Poetry Out Loud. Since its inception, the program has reached almost 4 million high school students and 60,000 teachers from 16,000 schools in every state, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
In Illinois 2022 : 4597 students and 127 teachers from 28 schools participated.
The Illinois Arts Council Agency works with these regional partners to produce Poetry Out Loud in Illinois:
- Southern: ArtSpace 304
- Southwestern: Southwestern Illinois College
- Northern: Rockford Area Arts Council
- Eastern: 40 North/88 West
- Chicago and Suburbs: The Poetry Center of Chicago
- Central: Springfield Area Arts Council
- Western: Quad City Arts