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March For the Arts

This is a tough and unusual year – more than any other in recent history – but that has not stopped Ellington’s Theatre Department from forging ahead with its annual March for the Arts fundraiser. On Saturday, Oct. 24, the traditional “walk” moves into cyberspace via Facebook Live from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Theatre Department teaches our students more than how to act. They learn to understand and interpret the human condition, while redefining it in creative ways to touch the soul, create empathy, and spark people to passion and action. At their core, these students are storytellers.

Producing powerful and consequential work is difficult in the best of circumstances. In this year of upheaval, the students, faculty and staff are challenged to perform with fewer resources and innovate to present performances online.

Ellington has helped create some of the nation’s most profound storytellers, including Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale, Orange is the New Black), Lamman Rucker (Why Did I Get Married?, Greenleaf) and Corey Hawkins (24, Macbeth). Their characters set the tone for national conversation about a range of issues.

March for the Arts launched 10 years ago and has raised nearly $400,000. The goal for this year is $75,000. Community members are asked to donate by clicking here. Supporters also can purchase a limited-edition Ellington T-shirt or hoodie by clicking here.

Ellington relies on the generosity of parents and donors to ensure that our students receive the highest level of pre-professional training and performance opportunities. Donations enable them to create sets, craft costumes, power technical capabilities, hire additional instructors, and fund classes with Master Acting Teachers like the renowned Professor Vera Katz.

Under normal circumstances, these funds enable students to visit New York for Broadway plays and take classes with professional actors. Now, that trip and other educational pursuits must be re-imagined. The faculty is working hard to develop experiences that fill the gap, and your financial assistance is greatly appreciated! Join the March on Ellington’s Facebook page to experience performances and more!

Contact: Dawn Naser, dawn.naser@k12.dc.gov

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