MassMu to Host Poetry Out Loud Regional Semifinals

MassMu to Host Poetry Out Loud Regional Semifinals

The Poetry Out Loud Northeast Ohio Regional Semifinals will be held at the Massillon Museum on Saturday, November 11, at 2:00 p.m.  Admission is free to the public, but registration is requested by visiting MassMu.org/Tickets.

The Massillon Museum has been named, for the second year, the Ohio Arts Council’s Northeast Ohio regional partner for Poetry Out Loud. Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry. It is a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Foundation, and the state and jurisdictional arts agencies.

Participation is open at no cost to high school students (grades 9 through 12), in all 50 US states, American Samoa, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. Home school students and non-school organizations, such as after-school clubs, libraries, and nonprofit organizations may run Poetry Out Loud, as well.

Student contestants choose a poem from a broad array of subjects and lengths to recite before a panel of jurors selected by the Museum. The winner of the semifinal competition moves on to the state level. The national Poetry Out Loud program offers more than $105,000 in prizes and school stipends each year.

The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the citizens of Massillon, Ohio Arts Council, and ArtsinStark, as well as marketing support from Visit Canton.

MassMu is located at 121 Lincoln Way East in downtown Massillon. A visit is always free. Free parking is available on adjacent streets and in nearby city lots. For more information, call 330-833-4061 or visit massillonmuseum.org.

Media Contacts:

Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Massillon Museum Executive Director • 330-833-4061 x111

Stephanie Toole, Massillon Museum Education & Outreach Manager • 330.833.4061 x104

Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum Public Relations Coordinator • 330-844-1525

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