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We are very excited to announce that the Poetry Out Loud season is here, and we’re starting it off right with a kick-off bash at the Garcia Center for the Arts in San Bernardino on November 16, 2019 from 3-7pm.  There will be poetry workshops, performance, food, and an open mic. All activities are free and open to anyone and all ages. We especially encourage high school students, parents and teachers to join us to learn more about this program in the schools and the resources available to support participating this year. For more information about the poetry out loud program, please visit:

KayJo Creatives is thrilled to partner with Arts Connection, National Endowment for the Arts, and California Arts Council to celebrate the kickoff of San Bernardino County’s Poetry Out Loud Program! Contact us to sign up for the rap/spoken word contest or open mic.

Do not let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live. Mae Jemison

3:00-5:00 pm Writing through Words : Poetry Workshop : Learn strategies to write and revise when you don’t know where to start or feel like your writing is stuck. Use other writers as inspiration. All levels welcome! Workshop Facilitator, Natalie J. Graham.

5:00-5:30 pm No Beats, Just Bars : Rap/Spoken Word Contest : Poetry is rap. Rap is Poetry. Get on the mic for 30 seconds to win a cash prize! Sign up early, space is limited.

5:30-7:00 pm Open Mic, Poetry Readings, Recitations, and Performances by locally and nationally-renowned performers.

Contact for more information or to sign up for the rap/spoken word contest or the open mic.

Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. Poetry Out Loud is a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Foundation, and the state and jurisdictional arts agencies.

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Office Address

The Garcia Center for the Arts
536 W. 11th Street
San Bernardino, CA 92410

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 1181

San Bernardino, CA 92402