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The Louisiana Division of the Arts believes the comprehensive, sequential study of one or more  artistic disciplines is essential to a complete and well-rounded education.  We also believe a life that includes participation and engagement in arts and culture is one of vibrancy.  Our work centers on these beliefs and we are committed to the research, development, and implementation of programs and services that provide the Arts for all citizens, regardless of age, race, or circumstance.


Leea Reese Russell, Director of Arts Education and Accessibility


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It’s time to prepare for POL 2022-2023!

Poetry Out Loud (POL) is a national, high school poetry recitation competition developed by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Participation helps students master public speaking skills, build self- confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. The program increases student engagement in literature classes, provides non-academic scholarship opportunities for students, and builds statewide cultural connections for schools.  This year's state competition will be held at the Delta Grand Theatre on March 4, 2023 in Opelousas, Louisiana.

In addition to being FREE, POL is easily implemented by a school, cultural institution such as a library or community theatre, or individual teacher or artist. For more information, contact Leea Russell at 225-342-8209 or lrussell@crt.la.gov or access POL resources here.


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Explore the resources and work of organizations who are advancing arts education practices on a local, state, and national level.  


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Arts Integration is an instructional methodology where students demonstrate their understanding of subject matter through creation, presentation, or performance of an artform.  The art form, or forms, is connected to one or more academic disciplines and allows for differentiated instruction, evolving, student-driven objectives, and a greater understanding and appreciation for the fine and performing arts.  Learn more about the Division's work that supports this approach to teaching.

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