January & February 2021
Poetry Out Loud
Inyo Council for the Arts holds virtual Poetry Out Loud competition!

INYO COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS ANNOUNCES 2020-21 POETRY OUT LOUD: High school students in Inyo County invited to compete virtually in national poetry recitation contest.

Inyo County, CA — The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation present Poetry Out Loud™ in partnership with Inyo Council for the Arts (ICA), Inyo County Office of Education, and the California Arts Council (CAC). This national arts education program encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition for high school students across the country. This program helps students master public speaking skills and build self-confidence, while also learning more about both classic and contemporary poetry.

This year’s event will be a video submission contest: Each contestant will record their two required poems and submit them to ICA. Contest judges and the accuracy judge must provide scores for each criterion and review independently—the same as live competitions. Eligible videos must not be edited, but students may record their recitations more than once and send their best recording for each recitation. The submission deadline is February 10, 2021. Winners will be announced, and all performances will be available for viewing, on February 12th at inyo.org/poetryoutloud.

ICA is delighted to offer the following prizes to our participants: $300 in local gift cards for first place; $150 in local gift cards for second place; $50 in local gift cards for participants; $250 in local gift cards for the winning school; and $50 in local gift cards for teacher mentors!

Inyo County judges will select a winner to compete in the California State virtual competition on March 11, 2021. The national semifinals will take place on May 2, 2021. State champions will advance to the national finals, to take place virtually in Spring 2021, where $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be distributed. 

More information is available at inyo.org/poetryoutloud and at poetryoutloud.org, including guidelines for video submissions, and the poem anthology. 

Contact: Erin Renee, School Arts Coordinator
Inyo Council for the Arts
Holiday Gallery Show
The ICA Holiday Gallery Show is still showing at our new location at 150 Willow Street in Bishop! Gallery visits are by appointment only, Monday-Friday, 10am-3pm. Come in and check out all this great art from Inyo County artists!

Masks are required at all times. We ask that you please maintain a physical distance of at least 6ft while in the building. For more information, please call us at (760) 873-8014 or email us at info@inyo.org.

Sierra Classic Theatre Presents:
"Kicking the Bucket"
Friday, January 29th @ 7pm:
(Original 40-minute One Act )
by Allison McDonell Page
(The house will open at 6:45pm)
Rated PG-13 for sexual language.

As we remain isolated and virtual, Sierra Classic Theatre continues to entertain and bring people together with a live, comedic, storytelling experience.
In "Kicking The Bucket," the last One Act in "A Thousand Words," three pieces on love and connection in the visual, virtual age, the free wheeling Phyllis welcomes the more sober Fred to the Casita Siesta retirement home. Could a simple rundown of menu options turn into a last chance for romance? A little less racy than the first two One-Acts but still pushing the envelope and oozing with charm. 

🎭 Performed by Jarrett Jackson🌟 and Jim Harnagel🌟
Goodent: Inyo Beyond the Mask
Featured Artist: McKenzie Dale
McKenzie Dale is a self-taught watercolor artist living in Payahuunadü/The Owen’s Valley. She works as an outdoor educator, which is what originally brought her to the Eastern Sierra where she has lived on and off since 2018. Having never received any formal art instruction, she used to think that she was not artistically inclined, however a few years ago she began experimenting with watercolors and ended up discovering a new passion. As she has come to see it, there is no “right way” to make art.
For McKenzie, painting has become a very personal way to connect with the land around her. She loves how when she is painting, her attention becomes saturated by the lines and the colors of a landscape and she finds herself observing a place differently than she does in other moments. Watercolors allow for her to express her daydreams about moving through enchanting terrain. McKenzie sees selling her art as a way to give something back to the land and the land’s original inhabitants, therefore half of all profits she makes from her art are shared with organizations that care for the land or with people indigenous to the land. 

Calling All Artists

Are you a visual artist, musician, ceramist, poet, writer, filmmaker, actor, dancer, jewelry designer, woodworker, or fashion designer?

ICA is looking to feature local artists in our newsletter and on social media!

What we need:
- 2 photos of your work/performance/album cover/book cover
- Bio that is no more than 200 words
- Online presence links for audience to follow


Photos: JPG or PNG – well-lit, no reflections, unnecessary elements cropped out.
Smallest dimension: 800px

Bio note: up to 200 words (what you do, your past work, what you are most proud of) Format: Word, Google doc, or plain text in the body of email

Online presence: Link to your website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SoundCloud, Patreon, etc. Ways people can follow your work, commission, or buy work.

Submit to: info@inyo.org

If this doesn't seem like your cup of tea, swing on over to our website and check out the Artist Directory page. Please let us know if you would like to be featured on this page, and submit your details (name, medium, contact info, etc.) and a high-res photo here !

Artists will be featured in order in which their documentation is received. Submissions are published at Inyo Council for the Arts’ discretion. 

Stay tuned here in the email newsletter, on our Facebook / Instagram, and our website to check out everything ICA is up to throughout the year!

Inyo Council for the Arts
150 Willow Street
Bishop, California 93514

Monday - Friday

(760) 873-8014 / www.inyo.org

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Inyo Council for the Arts (ICA) is a non-profit community-based organization that advances the arts in Inyo County through participation, education, and collaboration. Art enriches lives, creates a language that connects all people, and celebrates diverse cultures and historical heritages. ICA provides venues for artists to perform and share their work, and for the community to gather in appreciation of the arts.
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