In partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) supports Poetry Out Loud. Ohio Poetry Out Loud implements a regional structure with partners who will coordinate the program in their respective regions beginning in 2016

National Partners

 National Endowment for the Arts logo        Poetry Out Loud logo       Poetry Foundation logo   







Regional Partners


Massillon Museum logoThe Massillon Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1933.  Offering free admission, frequent rotation of exhibitions, and a diverse and accessible program schedule, MassMu is a cultural hub where art and history come together. Regional Coordinators: Mary Ruth Kamp | | 330-833-4061



Thurber House logo Thurber House is a non-profit literary center for readers and writers located in the historic former home of author, humorist, and New Yorker cartoonist James Thurber. The mission of Thurber House is to celebrate the written word for the education and entertainment of the broadest possible audience and to continue Thurber's legacy of humor. Regional Coordinator: Meg Brown | | 614-464-1032



Stuart's Opera House logoStuart’s Opera House, located on historic Public Square in Nelsonville, is dedicated to its role as a regional leader in the arts community, a center for public expression, and an economic development partner for Southeastern Ohio. Regional coordinator: Adam Remnant |  | 740-753-1924


Elementz logoThe mission of Elementz is to engage and inspire youth, unleashing creativity and respect, engaging them in performance, community development, and leadership through the values of hip-hop culture. Regional coordinator: Kim Bolden | | 513-721-5800


Marathon Center for the Performing Arts logoThe Marathon Center for the Performing Arts strives to unify and enrich the surrounding communities and increase appreciation for art by offering a wide range of arts, education, and entertainment opportunities every year. Regional coordinator: Craig VanRenterghem | | 419-423-2787, ext. 105


Piqua Arts Council logoThe Piqua Arts Council is an active and vibrant organization that encompasses a wide range of educational, traditional and non-traditional arts and humanities presentations and has followed a long and positive tradition of arts and music organizations in Piqua. The Council has promoted, organized and sponsored projects in the performing arts, the visual arts, the practical arts and educational events for both adults and students. Regional coordinator:  Jordan Knepper | | 937-773-9630

Program Partners

Ohioana Library logo

Ohioana Library is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and promoting the written work of Ohio's writers, artists, and musicians. The Library was established in 1929 under the direction of Martha Kinney Cooper, then-First Lady of Ohio, who recruited other distinguished Ohioans to assist in gathering a collection of books written by Ohioans and about Ohioans and Ohio.


Ohio Alliance for Arts Education logoThe Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, a statewide arts education service organization, was founded in 1974 under the leadership of Dr. Dick Shoup and Jerry Tollifson. The organization has evolved over time into a nationally recognized leader in arts education. Much of the organization's success is based on a strong partnership among the Alliance, Ohio's professional arts education organizations (Ohio Music Education Association, Ohio Art Education Association, OhioDance, VSA Ohio, and the Ohio Educational Theatre Association), the Ohio Arts Council, and the Ohio Department of Education. It is the mission of the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education to ensure that the arts are an integral part of the education of every Ohioan.


CHIQUITA MULLINS LEE | Arts Learning Coordinator