Dance in the Desert 2019

Latinx dancemakers, arts administrators, and scholars from throughout the region and across the country will gather in Phoenix from April 26-28, 2018, for the inaugural convening of Dance in the Desert, a unique opportunity for the Latinx dance community to come together, deepen relationships, and expand research for the field.

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Edgardo Aguilar: 2019 AZ Poetry Out Loud State Champion

Students across the state are competing now in school-level Poetry Out Loud competitions. In February, top students from each participating school will compete at the regional level in hopes of advancing to the state finals where they'll compete for the opportunity to represent Arizona at the National Finals in Washington, DC.

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Edgardo Aguilar is Arizona’s Poetry Out Loud State Champion

Edgardo Aguilar, a senior at Desert View High School in Tucson, will represent Arizona at the 14th Annual Poetry Out Loud national finals competition in Washington, DC, April 30-May 1, 2019. Aguilar’s achievement is all the more impressive considering this is his first year participating in Poetry Out Loud.

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2019 Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Finals

On Saturday, March 16, 2019, the Arizona Commission on the Arts will present the Arizona Poetry Out Loud state finals competition at Burton Barr Central Library in downtown Phoenix studios of Arizona PBS. 10 high school students from throughout the state will compete in the poetry recitation contest for an opportunity to represent Arizona at the 14th Annual Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, D.C. 

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National Endowment for the Arts Announces $190,000 in Grants to Arizona Arts Organizations

On February 13, 2019, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced awards in three of the federal agency’s funding categories: Art Works, Challenge America, and Creative Writing Fellowships. Through these grants, the NEA supports local economies and preserves American heritage while embracing new forms of creative expression.

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To kick off #NationalPoetryMonth we're proud to introduce you to an exceptional young person: Arizona's 2019 Poetry Out Loud State Champion Edgardo Aguilar. A senior at Desert View High School in Tucson, Edgardo will represent Arizona at the 2019 Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest in Washington, DC, at the end of the month.
Thanks to @Vaibu Mohan, who is interning with us this semester, and her video crew, including Josh Morrison (sound), Aniwat Pluemjit (camera), and Julia Vollaro (editing), for producing this interview!
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