In 2013, ACC’s Division of Arts and Digital Media partnered with  Austin Independent School District (AISD) to launch Vision+Voice, a poetry contest for K-12 students. Vision+Voice is now an annual contest and is growing as more opportunities for students are identified and the program is expanded to more ISDs within ACC’s service area. Vision+Voice was established for K-12 students to partake in a literacy experience that celebrates creativity and expression. Vision+Voice also fosters multiple venues for students to become published authors and artists, and provides students greater access to share their work with authentic audiences. Students are free to determine the topic and type of poem to submit and poems of any language are welcome.

One winning poem and several honorable mentions are selected per grade for recognition. Winning poems are paired with original artwork from ACC students to produce posters that are displayed across campuses and throughout Austin. Winning poets are invited to record their poems at KLRU studios, and these videos are posted on ACC’s youtube channel and the KLRU website. Winning and honorable mention poems are published on this site and in a printed anthology.

Austin Community College is proud to offer this opportunity to students as they explore and develop their creative and literary selves.