The National Endowment for the Arts goes through a rigorous, multi-step process when it awards grants. From the submission of an application through notification of a grant, the NEA and its panels of experts review applications for both quality of the work and impact of the project.
That’s pretty much what we do here at RISCA as well. In fact, if you play the excellent video from the NEA (click above) and in your mind just substitute the words “Rhode Island State Council on the Arts” whenever you hear “National Endowment for the Arts”, then you get what we do as well.
If it’s Tuesday morning, April 25, 2017, then it’s the regional finals for the National Poetry Out Loud Championship in Washington, DC. Competing for Rhode Island is Simon Rabatin, a senior from Moses Brown School in Providence. Simon is in the group competing from 9am to 12noon on Tuesday morning.
Can’t make it to Washington? No worries. The regional finals will be livestreamed. So will the final competition, scheduled for Wednesday evening, April 26th, starting at 7pm from the Lisner Auditorium on the campus of George Washington University.
Good luck, Simon!
Poetry Out Loud is a program sponsored nationally by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and The Poetry Foundation in Chicago. Organized along the lines of the national spelling bee, Poetry Out Loud promotes competitions at the high school level throughout the country, with local winners going on to state finals, and from there to the national championship competition.
Rhode Island’s Poetry Out Loud 2017 champion, Simon Rabatin, leaves early next week for Washington, DC, where he will compete with state champions from throughout the nation at the 2017 Poetry Out Loud National Finals.
Rabatin, a senior at Moses Brown School in Providence, competed successfully against students from 15 schools from throughout Rhode Island on March 5th at the RISD Museum. As State Champion, Rabatin received a $200 prize check and an all-expense-paid trip to compete at the National Finals from April 24th to April 26th in Washington, DC. Moses Brown School will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books.
On Tuesday, April 25th, Simon will compete in a regional semifinal against state champions from the Eastern Seaboard and Ohio. The regional semifinal will be held from 9am to noon, and will be livestreamed. The National Finals will be on Wednesday evening, April 26th, and will be livestreamed from the Lisner Auditorium on the campus of George Washington University from 7:00pm to 9:15pm.
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts wishes Simon Rabatin all the best for the week that lies ahead!