Thinking Out Loud 2018


The Carl Cherry Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the 25th Annual Robert Campbell Monterey High School Poetry Awards. The contest is presented in conjunction with  Thinking Out Loud, a series of programs devoted to high school arts and poetry.  An awards ceremony honoring the student poets will be held Saturday, April 29th, 2018, at the Monterey Public Library on Pacific Street in Monterey.

High school students in Monterey County are invited to submit up to three poems to the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, P.O. Box 863, Carmel, California 93921, or All submissions must be received no later than March 29th, 2018.  Award recipients will receive a certificate of merit, cash award, and a book containing this year’s prize winning poems.

The Monterey County High School Poetry Awards were established in 1993 to recognize and promote excellence in high school poets, and to develop an interest in creative expression through the written word. The awards acknowledge two fundamental insights: the redemptive power poetry can play in the lives of students, and the importance of sustaining poetry as a legitimate art form  in today’s digitally driven culture.


The Carl Cherry Center for the Arts is pleased to announce its annual High School Art Show, Thinking Out Loud.  This year’s exhibit will be held March 3rd through March 24th, 2018.

High school students in Monterey County are invited to submit their work for the exhibition. Unfortunately, we are unable to show every piece submitted due to space limitation.
Exhibition Details

We will be accepting art work in all media. All two-dimensional work must be prepared for hanging.  Artwork with paper backing must either be framed or matted. Please attach a card to the bottom of each piece with the following printedinformation:

  • Student’s name
  • School
  • Class
  • Teacher
  • Title
  • Medium
Calendar of Events  2018

February 2:   Selection of the best and most innovative artwork should be made

February 24:   Artwork must be delivered to the Cherry Center by this date. We are located on the northwest corner of Fourth and Guadalupe, Carmel. Office hours are 11-4 p.m., Monday through Friday; 12 – 4 p.m.on Saturday; or by appointment. If unable to deliver by this date, please call (831) 624-7491 to make arrangements.

March 3:   Opening Reception at the Cherry Center in Carmel: 2-4 p.m. Students are encouraged to bring family and friends.

March 24:   Exhibit Closes

March 28-April 6:   Pick up artwork (see office hours above) or call to make other arrangements.