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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.


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The National Endowment for the Arts and Poetry Foundation present Poetry Out Loud with the help of statewide arts partners like LDOA in all 50 states, American Samoa, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

Participation in Poetry Out Loud (POL) 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. 

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. We are looking for new and returning students to participate for the 2024-2025  school year. 

NATIONAL FINALS - April 30 thru May 2, 2024

Congratulations to Louisiana State Champion, Grisham Locke.  Grisham was a Top 9 finalist in the national competition and was awarded a cash prize of $1,000.00.  His local sponsoring organization, Ruston Cultural District, also received a cash award of $500.00 to support next year's Poetry Out Loud program.


Louisiana held its state finals competition on March 7, 2024 at the Delta Grand Theatre in Opelousas, Louisiana.  Fourteen students from around the state competed in three rounds of recitations.  Congratulations to all involved.

Zhenya Avdeeva - Episcopal School of Acadiana
Elena Baines - Ruston High School
Amelia Beach - Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy
Makenzie Brown - Zachary High School, 2nd runner up
Blaire Buller - Calcasieu Theatrical Arts/Sam Houston High School
Carson Daigle - Bishop Noland High School
Bird Fuller - Episcopal School of Acadiana
Kassidy Hall - Zachary High School
Ahja Hawkins - New Orleans Center for Creative Arts
Grisham Locke - Ruston High School, State Champion
Kaylee Pickett - Northwood High School
Savanah Taylor - Covington High School
Lillian Thomas - Caddo Parish Magnet High School
Malachi White - Covington High School, 1st runner up

To learn more, access POL resources here.

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