Art & Culture

The San Benito County Arts Council presents Poetry Out Loud & Art110

The Arts Council presents two events featuring local high school students and the arts.
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This article was written by Heidi Jumper, San Benito County Arts Council Marketing Assistant.

San Benito County Arts Council announces two upcoming events involving student work from area high schools. 

On Friday, February 2nd at 6 PM, the San Benito County Arts Council will present its 3rd annual high school contest for Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. The competition, presented in partnership with San Benito High School and Aromas San Juan Unified School District, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry –both classic and contemporary- through memorization, performance, and competition.

Since 2005, Poetry Out Loud has reached more than 3.3 million students and 50,000 teachers from 12,000 schools nationwide. This February, Poetry Out Loud will take place in San Benito County for the third time with support from the California Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation.

The public is invited to attend the competition from 6-8 p.m. at Anzar High School, Room 206, to watch students from San Benito and Anzar high schools compete in the county finals. The winner of this competition will advance to the California State Poetry Out Loud contest. Attendance is free and open to the public, although seating is limited.

Art 110 Art Show

On Saturday, February 3rd from 12-4 p.m. at the Annex, there will be an Opening Reception for the 10th annual San Benito High School art exhibition, "Art 110." The community is encouraged to join in the reception to view the artwork, meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments. This event is free and open to everyone.

The exhibit will continue to be on display until Feb. 17 at the Annex, 217 Fifth Street in downtown Hollister. The exhibition, featuring artwork from the advanced and AP art classes, will be open special hours from 12-4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3 & 17 and Sunday, Feb. 11.

Art 110 is presented by the San Benito County Arts Council under the guidance of John Robrock and Jennifer Coile. Exhibitions and other programs at ARTspace and the Annex are made possible with support from the California Arts Council, Art Works, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, United Way serving San Benito County and Monterey Peninsula Foundation.

For more information on either of these events, please contact the Arts Council at 831.636.2787 or [email protected] or visit their site at

San Benito County Arts Council

The San Benito County Arts Council’s mission is to: *Promote diversity, quality and involvement in the arts for all residents in San Benito County *Encourage cultural and artistic growth and create opportunities for the production of art *Provide access to the arts through programs in the visual, performing and media arts *Establish a favorable climate for artists to live and work and for the arts to thrive