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Central Arizona College to Host Cultural Expression Contests

By Angela Askey, Executive Director Public Relations and Marketing

Central Arizona College’s Communication Studies, Equity Council and Student Engagement will hold a poetry contest and Pecha Kucha cultural expression speaking competition to celebrate Black History Month on February 27, 2024. The theme for this year’s contests is “The Unity of Community.”

The Cultural Expression Competition is a poetry and public speaking event in which CAC students can express their experiences, stories, and knowledge related to the theme utilizing the Pecha Kucha presentation style.

This year CAC commemorates 23 years of The Black History Poetry contest as a long-standing tradition.  Students, Faculty, Staff and Community members are invited to submit their poems related to the theme.  Poetry contest submissions should be emailed to eliana.leamons@centralaz.edu. For the Pecha Kucha speaking competition, video presentations must be submitted to Professor Michelle Young at michelle.young1@centralaz.edu. The deadline for all submissions is Monday, February 19 by 6 p.m.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top finalists.

The winners of the poetry contest and Pecha Kucha Cultural Expression speaking competition will be announced during the event on Tuesday, February 27 from Noon-1 p.m. at the Signal Peak Campus, Building I Room 400 (8470 N Overfield Road, Coolidge, AZ.) Community members are invited to attend.  A reception will be held immediately following.