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The Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest was created in 2005 by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The contest is administered in partnership with State Arts Agencies. In the fall of 2016 the IAC partnered with the Indiana State Library and the library will now take ownership of the Poetry Out Loud program for the State of Indiana. The program encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance, which help students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about our literary heritage.