Posted: Thursday, November 24, 2005

KTOO to host "Travel Art" show in Jan. 2006

JUNEAU -KTOO is organizing a Travel Art exhibition in January 2006 for its station headquarters, 360 Egan Drive.

The show is open to all artists, but is limited to work that's ready to hang, with a maximum size of 20-by-30-inches, or free-standing, if a pedestal is provided. The art must arrive at KTOO during business hours between. Jan. 2 and Jan. 5, unless other arrangements are made.

There will be an opening night celebration on Friday, Jan. 6.

"We know many who have been inspired by their travels, and we'd like to showcase their art featuring those inspirations," said show organizer Jeff Brown in a release. "We are open to most things. As long as it's presented well."

The show will not be judged, but there is limited space at the studio. The works will not be for sale.

For more information, please call Jeff Brown at 463-6425.

Fox, Morrell hold open house for JAHC show

JUNEAU - Juneau artists Shar Fox and Michelle Morrell will host an open house this weekend for their ongoing joint show at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council gallery, 206 North Franklin St.

The informal reception will be held from 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, and noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26.

All are welcome, and admission is free.

NEA, Poetry Foundation announce 'Poetry Out Loud'

ANCHORAGE - The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation are organizing "Poetry Out Loud," a national recitation contest in conjunction with the Alaska State Council on the Arts.

The program encourages high school students to learn about poetry through memorization, performance and competition.

High school competitions will be held in Juneau, Anchorage and Fairbanks in the early spring, with state finals at Juneau's Centennial Hall in April. The state champion will advance to the National Finals, May 16, in Washington, D.C.

The NEA and the Poetry Foundation have each contributed $500,000 toward the 2006 program. The Alaska State Council on the Arts will target at least 10 high schools in Alaska for this pilot year. The program is expected to reach most of the state by 2007.

Program materials are available at High schools that wish to be part of the program should contact Susan Olson with the Alaska State Council on the Arts at (907) 269-6682.

Students who participate in the Poetry Out Loud program are eligible to compete in the state and national finals in April and May. Each state winner will receive $200 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington to compete for the championship. The state winner's school will earn a $500 stipend to purchase poetry books.

Poetry Out Loud will award a total of $50,000 in scholarships and school stipends at the national finals, with at least a $20,000 college scholarship for the Poetry Out Loud national champion.

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