San Bernardino, CA — The 2019 San Bernardino County finals for Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest will be held on February 2nd, from 2-5pm at the Garcia Center for the Arts in San Bernardino. The competition is presented by Arts Connection, the Arts Council of San Bernardino County, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, and the California Arts Council.
Poetry Out Loud encourages students to explore poetry by offering free educational materials, opportunities to work with local poets, and a dynamic recitation competition. The contest uses a pyramid structure; beginning at the classroom level, winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to county, state, and ultimately national finals in Washington, DC.
This year’s county contest includes competitors from Big Bear High School, The Grove School, PAL Academy, and W.A. Carter High School. Contestants will recite works they have selected from an anthology of more than 900 classic and contemporary poems. Participants in the program have benefited from materials created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, which are free to download at poetryoutloud.org.
The winner of the county finals and their parent or guardian will be flown to Sacramento to participate in the state finals on March 10th through 11th. The state champion will receive an all-expense-paid trip (with an adult chaperone) to compete in the national finals in Washington, DC, on April 30th through May 1st. The Poetry Out Loud national finals will present a total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends, with a $20,000 award for the Poetry Out Loud National Champion.
About the National Endowment for the Arts
Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. For more information, visit arts.gov.
About the Poetry Foundation
The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. The Poetry Foundation seeks to be a leader in shaping a receptive climate for poetry by developing new audiences, creating new avenues for delivery, and encouraging new kinds of poetry through innovative partnerships, prizes, and programs. For more information, visit poetryfoundation.org.
With a rich and diverse history, San Bernardino has the potential to regain its vibrancy and strength. What began as a personal response to tragedy has evolved into showcasing the city’s landscape in a positive light. The images in this exhibition, and forthcoming book, portray the artist’s view of San Bernardino - confirming that beauty exists here, if you slow down and look for it.
Text by Michael Hardison.
Stop by the Garcia Center for the Arts at 536 W 11th St San Bernardino, CA to view this great new collection of photographs on display until October 31, 2018. Opening reception is this weekend, August 17th at 6pm in the auditorium.
Arts Connection Awarded California Arts Council “Artists Activating Communities” Grant
State funds will support sustained artistic residencies at The Garcia Center for the Arts
San Bernardino, CA– The California Arts Council announced its plans to award $16,200 dollars to Arts Connection as part of its Artists Activating Communities program.
Calling all Artists and Performers!
We need art donations and live performances to support DREAMers of Cal State San Bernardino
The Art of Dreaming, an exhibition showcasing art pieces made with recycled materials, created by CSUSB DREAMers and allies, will take place at The Garcia Center for the Arts in San Bernardino, CA. Topics of the show are centered around the experiences of being an undocumented student or ally.
Opening reception May 22, 2017 with the show running through early June 3rd, with a gala reception and silent auction.
Local artists, performers, and community members are invited to participate and attend.
The money raised at the auction will be disbursed into an emergency scholarship fund for CSUSB’s undocumented students in dire need of financial assistance.
This is a call for artists to donate additional art pieces to join the collection and auction, and a call for performers to participate during the final closing ceremony and gala event. We encourage all artists to come as a community and support this effort. This opportunity is an expression of unity, art, and networking.
All art contributions will be carefully considered to be presented in the silent auction. Art performances can be musical, spoken word, live art creation, poetry readings, etc.
Artists interested in donating art/performing, and for more information & special accommodations, please contact:
We ask that all ideas for submissions be sent via email by May 19.
Participants will include artist/poet Juan Delgado, Professor Liliana Gallegos, local artists/performers, and CSUSB student organizations such as The TransCultural Commons Collective, Mass Productions, and The Coyote Pack.