Poetry Out Loud

TN Poetry Out Loud Competition Canceled

In response to school closings and concerns over travel, the Tennessee Poetry Out Loud Pre-Finals Activity scheduled for Friday, March 13th, and State Finals Competition scheduled for Saturday, March 14th at the Tennessee State Museum have been canceled.

We would like to extend our congratulations to the 19 school champions who were to compete this Saturday. We recognize the hard work and dedication of your students in preparation for the finals competition.

The Tennessee Arts Commission is in contact with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation to review options going forward for this year’s competition. We are aware of other states who have also canceled their competitions. We will notify all registered schools with developments.

Note:  If you have hotel accommodations booked in Nashville from the 13th to 14th, you will need to cancel your reservation as soon as possible.

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Tennessee State Museum: Site of the 2020 Poetry Out Loud State Finals

The 2020 Poetry Out Loud State Finals will take place at the Tennessee State Museum. Pre-finals activities will occur in the Museum’s Education Classrooms on March 13th with the State Finals contest occurring in the Museum’s Digital Learning Center on March 14th.

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