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COVID-19 and School Prevention and Preparedness

DCPS Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates – (Click here) At DC Public Schools (DCPS), we are committed to ensuring the well-being of our students. Communicating about issues that impact school communities is important to fostering strong partnerships with families, and we will continue to provide…

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Grammy-winning Ellington School alum Ben Williams uses art as form of protest

The 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike was the last protest the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. orchestrated before his assassination April 4 of that year, and their slogan was, “I AM A MAN.”  More than 50 years later, Grammy-winning…

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Rethinking The Future Awards 2020

The Design-Build Team was challenged to transform this aging 1898 National Landmark through a comprehensive modernization into a world-class facility that finally matches the school’s reputation as one of the nation’s premier Arts High Schools.  The design finds the balance between…

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Gagosian Quarterly: Game Changer – Peggy Cooper Cafritz

In 1998, Duke Ellington School of the Arts co-founder Peggy Cooper Cafritz recruited Cullen Swinson to join the faculty. He served as Ellington’s first Dean of Humanities and Director of Academics, and currently serves as the English Studies department chair. …

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Ellington Alumnus Barry Bishop unveils Wes Unseld portait at Washington Wizards game

  Bishop was born in Trinidad and Tobago and was raised in Washington, D.C. A long-time Wizards fan, Bishop was eager to share his work with a fanbase and community that means so much to him. He said that, like…

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Dance Students showcase “Impact” on WUSA9

The dancers of Duke Ellington School of the Arts make an artistic IMPACT on the world through their art. Click here for direct article. (WUSA9)

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METRO, Parks & Recreation, feel heat from Ellington School community

Two issues that could adversely affect Duke Ellington School of the Arts and its community members are facing vociferous opposition from concerned parties. Changes proposed by Metrobus could eliminate vital bus service for Ellington students and Georgetown residents, while a…

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Chappelle honored Ellington students after his Kennedy Center honors

Chappelle honored Ellington students after his Kennedy Center honors On the first Tuesday of 2020, PBS aired the star-studded festivities as Dave Chappelle received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center. The event actually took place…

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The Real DC: Musical Roots – Ellington Alumnus Christylez Bacon

Washington, DC’s musical roots inspire its present-day performers, as contemporary hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon explains about his own personal musical journey. Discover the Real DC: https://washington.org/real-dc

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Morgan Freeman Introduces Duke Ellington’s Radical Elite Show Band | 2019 Mark Twain Prize

An outstanding lineup of entertainers gathered in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall to salute Dave Chappelle, recipient of the 22nd annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on October 27, 2019. The Prize, which is named to honor one of…

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