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Poetry Out Loud 2016 Winners Announced!

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The Indiana Arts Commission announced the winner of the 2016 Poetry Out Loud competition.  

Students from 19 Indiana high schools competed in the 2016 Poetry Out Loud State Finals Saturday, February 20, 2016 at the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Central Branch.  The 2016 finalist will head to Washington, D.C. to compete in the national championship.

This year also marked the inaugural “Poetry From Within” competition designed to give students an opportunity to showcase their creative talents through the submission of original works of poetry.

Click here to find out who won and more

Web Cafe: IAC Strategic Plan 2017-2021

Artists, Organizations, and Community Leaders: Tell us what's important to you. As we enter the final phase of Strategic Planning for 2017-2021, the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) is gathering input from Hoosiers across the state.

To do so, the IAC is partnering with its Regional Arts Partners to host one hour Web Cafe community input opportunities across the state. IAC Executive Director Lewis Ricci and facilitators will guide live and online audiences for input on top plan goals and objectives for 2017-2021. An open-ended Q&A will be included.  

Click here to learn about how you can participate this May 10th or 11th! 

Poetry Out Loud State Champion goes to Nationals

Grace Milligan, State Poetry Out Loud Champion

Indiana State Poetry Out Loud Champion Grace Milligan (left) will be among finalists from 53 states and U.S. territories competing in the Poetry Out Loud National Finals May 3 - 4, 2016 in Washington, D.C.

The Poetry Out Loud semifinals will be May 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Nine finalists will advance to the National Finals on May 4, which will be held from 7:00 to 9:15 p.m.

Poetry fans can follow the Poetry Out Loud National Finals on Twitter at @PoetryOutLoud and @NEAarts, #POL16.

(Photo by Laura Harris

United States of Art

Since the beginning of 2015, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has been gathering stories from the general public and grantees, elected officials and agency directors, artists and art lovers across the country about the importance of art in their lives and their communities. This project entitled "United States of Art" is part of the NEA's 50th anniversary celebration -- and you're invited to join! Share your arts story here.

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