Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation competition which encourages high school students to learn about poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. Participants master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life.


To learn more about Poetry Out Loud, click here.

Arts and Culture El Dorado's Young Artist Awards honor the memory of four bright lights in our community who were great supporters of the arts. These awards will be presented to outstanding high school juniors and seniors in each of four categories: music, visual art, theater, and nature-inspired art of any discipline.

Arts and Culture El Dorado has announced that Lara Gularte will serve as the County’s Poet Laureate for 2021-2023. This post, officially appointed by a conferring institution, is bestowed on a noted poet to honor his or her body of work, and to celebrate poetry as an art form.

A free workshop where veterans may find camaraderie and satisfaction through writing.

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Expressive Therapies is a FREE program open to foster parents, adoptive parents and caregivers in El Dorado County. This program pairs artists with therapists to tailor artistic workshops geared toward helping those parents and caregivers who are experiencing stress, trauma, anxiety, or grief.




Artist Anton Nemeth at his ceramics bench

Pine needle basket by artist Nettie Fox

Poetry Out Loud contestant Michaela Yack

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