A partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Foundation, and the California Arts Council and Lake County Arts Council, Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. Beginning at the classroom level, winners will advance to the school-wide competition, our county-wide competition February 9th, then to the state competition, and ultimately to the national finals in Washington, DC. Open Seating. Free to the public. No tickets needed.