​2020 Poetry Out Loud Modoc County Contest

High school finalists for Poetry Out Loud (POL), Abigail Robertson, Priscilla Perez, and Gracie Cockrell, competed in the final County level contest for Modoc County February 5th at 6:00 PM at the Modoc High School Social Hall.  After a very close competition, the winner was Abigail Robertson, a freshman from Surprise Valley High School.  Abigail recited “Barter” by Sara Tesdale and “Boy and Egg” by Naomi Shihab Nye.  Abigail will now go to Sacramento to compete at the state level on March 15-16.  The Modoc County Arts Council (MCAC), through funding from the California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, will provide a travel stipend and award so that Abigail and a parent can go to represent Modoc.  The winner of the state Poetry Out Loud Contest then goes to compete in Washington DC at the national level – the winner receives $20,000.  Any high school students and high school teachers interested in POL for next year, please contact Michelle Ray of the MCAC at michelleray@ModocArts.org and also look at the website www.poetryoutloud.org .

This year's Missoula Children's Theatre performances of "Cinderella" will be held Saturday February 15th, at 1:00 PM and at 4:00 PM at the Niles Theater in Alturas, California.

Tickets will be sold in the box office at the time of the show.  $10 for Adults,  $8 for Students / Seniors.  

2020 Cinderella Auditions at the Niles Theater were held on Monday February 10th. Fifty-eight children were cast!

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The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation present the Poetry Out Loud (POL): National Recitation Contest, in partnership with The California Arts Council and The Modoc County Arts Council.


Poetry Out Loud is a program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. 

The 2019-2020 Poetry Out Loud is already in full swing with three Modoc County High Schools sending one finalist each to the POL County Finals, where 2 poems each will be performed in front of an audience and judges.  The winner will go to the State Finals in Sacramento in March 2020.  The winner of the State final will go to Washington D.C. for the National Contest and a chance to win $20,000! 


The Modoc County Poetry Out Loud Contest will be held:

Tuesday February 5th 2020 6:00 PM

Modoc High School Social Hall

900 N. Main Street

Alturas, CA                                                               (Free Admission)


For information on Poetry Out Loud, and for preparing for the next season,  please see the POL website or email Michelle Ray, MCAC Executive Director.  I will be calling all the area high schools starting in the late spring term to see who is on board for next year.


​POL website:  http://www.poetryoutloud.org 

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High School Finalists who competed in the 2020 POL County Final: Left to right: Priscilla Perez, MHS; Abigail Robertson, SVHS; Gracie Cockrell, SVHS

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This year's Missoula Children's Theatre performances of "Cinderella" will be held Saturday February 15th, at 1:00 PM and at 4:00 PM at the Niles Theater in Alturas, California.

Tickets will be sold in the box office at the time of the show.  $10 for Adults,  $8 for Students / Seniors.  


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Big News! The Modoc County Arts Council has taken over the running of KILN LP 99.1 FM  from the Art Center. Expect big changes and more community content in the coming months. This is Modoc's local community radio station and recording studio! Supported through donations and funding from a grant administered by the Modoc County Arts Council. 

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Since 1981, The Modoc County Arts Council has supported the development of artists and programs that inspire and bring the gift of art to every person in Modoc County.  Through the arts we can connect with each other and find common ground; our children can learn to solve problems and think creatively; new people and cultures can be appreciated; we can share our culture with others.  Please join us in supporting the arts in Modoc County!


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