Home to over 290 undergraduate programs in visual and performing arts, SUNY campuses are where art thrives. Diverse artists are empowered to create vibrant art that enhances student life and enriches higher education. From visualizing how to address conflict in safe ways to revolutionizing the very definition of art, SUNY students and faculty have been using art to make positive impacts on their communities for a long time.
This year, SUNY is continuing its ongoing partnership with Poetry Out Loud, created by the Teachers and Writers Collaborative in New York State to help high school students learn how to write and perform poetry.
Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation competition that provides students in grades 9-12 with the platform to master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.
These students begin by performing poems, selected from the Poetry Out Loud anthology, in a classroom setting. From there, they progress to regional competitions, state finals, and then national finals. As students move through each level, they are given the opportunity to travel throughout the country.
Regional competitions that will decide who moves on to nationals will take place on the following SUNY campuses.
The New York State final will take place on Saturday, March 7th, at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
These performances are free and open to the public, so you are all invited out to support our future poets and artists as they showcase these skills.
Taryn Rackmyer is a recent graduate of Mohawk Valley Community College, now attending the University at Albany for Public Policy. Taryn is a student assistant for SUNY's Government Relations & Marketing Department.