This event is scheduled February 9, 2024.


San Luis Obispo County Poetry Out Loud finals take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 9 at the SLO Museum of Art. Students from six participating high schools across the county showcase their recitation talents, and the winner will go on to the state finals in Sacramento in March.

The six schools participating are Paso Robles High School, Coast Union High School, Morro Bay High School, San Luis Obispo Classical Academy, San Luis Obispo High School, and Arroyo Grande High School.

Doors open to the public at 6:30 p.m. and entry is free.

Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition for high school students across the country. A partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Foundation, and state and local arts agencies, the program has grown to reach more than four million students and 65,000 teachers from 16,000 schools in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa.

Volunteers for the local competition are needed, including an accuracy judge, a score tabulator, and a prompter.