Arts and Culture El Dorado presents the 11th annual Poetry Out Loud El Dorado County Finals at the Imagination Theater in Placerville, Ca. The competition, presented in partnership with the California Arts Council, the Poetry Foundation, and National Endowment for the Arts, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. On Thursday, February 6, 2020, at 7 pm, six high school students from throughout the county will compete to be named the El Dorado County Poetry Out Loud Champion and move on to the California Poetry Out Loud State Finals competition which will take place on the floor of the Assembly in the State Capitol Building on March 15 and 16, 2020.
Arts and Culture El Dorado has recruited and trained a luminary panel of judges that include civic, arts, and community leaders in El Dorado County. These notable individuals have been chosen for their unique qualifications, passion for the written word, and a drive to support important cultural programs in El Dorado County.
Laura Bonham, Board of Directors and Treasurer, Imagination Theater
Darin Coelho Manager, The Bookery
Chris Knopp, Board of Directors,
Arts and Culture El Dorado
Tiffany Van Camp, Founder, See The Elephant
Cleve Morris, City Manager, City of Placerville
Suzanne Roberts, Poet, Travel Writer, and El Dorado County Poet Laureate
Jody Franklin, Executive Director of Tourism, El Dorado County Visitor’s Authority