Resilient Artistry Poetry Slam Competition


It is with regret, that we announce the postponement of the “Resilient Artistry Poetry Slam”. The event, originally scheduled for October 25th, will now be rescheduled for the spring of 2015. We sincerely apologize if this change is an inconvenience to our artists. We ask that you continue to submit poems, and the poems that have been submitted will still be considered for selection. Again, we regret the inconvenience this has caused to your busy schedule. Additional information and a new event date will be announced shortly. Thank you so much for your understanding and continued support in “Resilient Artistry”. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact Shannon Moore at We look forward to seeing you in the spring!



Franklin County Commissioner Paula Brooks is Ohio’s only representative on the White House Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. On Saturday, October 25th she will host Resilient Artistry, a statewide Poetry Slam for Ohio’s spoken word artists. All over the world communities are preparing for climate impacts and the arts community has a special role in educating, informing, and increasing awareness. All spoken word artists are highly encouraged to participate, and share their unique stories of how our changing environment affects them.

What is Resilience?
“Resilience is the capacity of a system to survive, adapt, and grow in the face of unforeseen changes, even catastrophic incidents.” — Ohio State Center for Resilience

Why does Resilience Matter?
According to the National Climate Assessment:

• Some extreme weather and climate events have increased in recent decades, and new and stronger evidence confirms that some of these increases are related to human activities.
• Infrastructure is being damaged by sea level rise,  heavy downpours, and extreme heat; damages are projected to increase with continued climate change.
• Climate disruptions to agriculture have been increasing and are projected to become more severe over this century.
• Climate change threatens human health and wellbeing in many ways, including through more extreme weather events and wildfire, decreased air quality, and diseases transmitted by insects, food, and water.
• Water quality and water supply reliability are jeopardized by climate change in a variety of ways that affect ecosystems and livelihoods.

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• Poems must be original.
• You can bring your poem on stage (there will be a music stand).
• You may not use instruments, props, or costumes.
• There is a three minute time limit with a ten second grace period (a penalty will occur for every ten seconds over.)
• Poems must be school appropriate.


This contest is open to poets of all ages! To participate submit a video of your spoken word presentation to by Friday, October 10. Artists can upload their videos onto YouTube or Facebook and email us the link. The review board will review all submissions and release the names of the finalists on our site. Finalists will meet at the Franklin County Courthouse Auditorium to compete on Saturday, October 25.

For more information contact:
Shannon Moore, Public Policy Intern

Resilient Artistry is presented in partnership with: The Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, Transit Arts, & poet Wyk McGowan


About OAAE

Since our founding in 1974, by Dr. Dick Shoup and Jerry Tollifson, our mission has always been to ensure the arts are an integral part of the education of every Ohioan. Working at the local, state, and federal levels through the efforts of a highly qualified and elected Board of Directors, our members, and a professional staff we have four primary areas of focus: building collaborations, professional development, advocacy, and capacity building. The OAAE is funded in part for its day-to-day operation by the Ohio Arts Council. This support makes it possible for the OAAE to operate its office in Columbus and to work statewide to ensure the arts are an integral part of the education of every Ohioan. Support for arts education projects comes from the Ohio Arts Council, Ohio Music Education Association, Ohio Art Education Association, Ohio Educational Theatre Association, VSA Ohio, and OhioDance. The Community Arts Education programs of Central Ohio are financially assisted by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. We gratefully acknowledge and appreciate the financial support received from each of these outstanding agencies and organizations.
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