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Duke Ellington School of the Arts is saddened to announce the departure of our Director of Artistic Affairs, Tia Powell Harris. Director for 5 years, and Ellington faculty member for 21 years, Director Harris has been an integral part of fulfilling the Ellington mission to “nurture and inspire passion for arts and learning in talented students who might not otherwise have an opportunity to develop their artistic skills.” While we certainly will miss her, we also CONGRATULATE her on her new position as the new Executive Director of Weeksville Heritage Center, Brooklyn’s largest African American cultural institution! What an amazing position for an amazing woman!!! We love you MADLY, Tia Powell Harris! #TeamTia!

Duke Ellington School of the Arts is saddened to announce the departure of our Director of Artistic Affairs, Tia Powell Harris. Director for 5 years, and Ellington faculty member for 21 years, Director Harris has been an integral part of fulfilling the Ellington mission to “nurture and inspire passion for arts and learning in talented students who might not otherwise have an opportunity to develop their artistic skills.” While we certainly will miss her, we also CONGRATULATE her on her new position as the new Executive Director of Weeksville Heritage Center, Brooklyn’s largest African American cultural institution! What an amazing position for an amazing woman!!! We love you MADLY, Tia Powell Harris! #TeamTia!

Warming up!!! Final rehearsals before Wednesday’s performance with Sting & Paul Simon at Strathmore! 🎤🎻🎷👟👠🎶 (at Duke Ellington School of the Arts)

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  • March 10th, 2014

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Dear Mr. Ellington by Sharde Farmer

I’d like to begin with an applause and a thank you.//
If numbers measured talent, the world would high rank you.//
Most of our ancestors didn’t get to experience, even take a glance at the tools you used.//
The Blues you provided about your people.//
Having hundreds of young and talented minds standing in line just to meet you.//
Give them each an hour, but for me, I’ll take two.//
To ask, and conceptually grasp what fed your drive to improve your works, answer, please do.//
Because your name – your legacy represents every single student that attends and attended this school, and that includes me too.//
Dear Mr. Ellington, 40 years of proving your name.//
40 years in DC exploding with culture, arts, and colors, switching the game.//
DC had never been the same since these walls rose, covered with beauty that’s framed.//
40 years.. 40 years of blood sweat and tears.//
4 decades of parades, plays, and praise.//
14,600 days of love that can’t phase.//
Brotherly love, sisterly bonds, that won’t tear nor fade.//
Fussing and tussling our ways to the top.//
Get it together dancers before the song stops.//
VA, it’s time to make this portrait pop.//
Tech, pull the curtains and untie those knots.//
Sopranos, altos, align in your spots.//
LMC, you know where to be to document history in the making.//
Museum studies, allow your perspective through the lens become breath taking.//
Instrumental artists, get on key, know the note.//
Theater, give it your all and keep this boat a float.//
40 years of coming together.//
40 years of still singing in the stormy weather.//. -

Sharde Farmer,
First Year student in the Literary Media & Communications dept., Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

Spread the word! Share our Black Nativity production flier on your social channels using the #mmblacknativity hashtag. Visit ellingtonschool.org for ticket information. #blacknativity

Spread the word! Share our Black Nativity production flier on your social channels using the #mmblacknativity hashtag. Visit ellingtonschool.org for ticket information. #blacknativity

Black Nativity rehearsals are almost over! The show must begin! Have you gotten your ticket yet? Opening night is Dec. 4th! 
Purchase your tickets now! Don’t wait, seats and showtimes are running out! 
To see more photos from rehearsal for our upcoming production of Black Nativity visit NielsenPhotography.com
Follow us on the web @DukeEllingtonDC for updates on the production.

Black Nativity rehearsals are almost over! The show must begin! Have you gotten your ticket yet? Opening night is Dec. 4th! 

Purchase your tickets now! Don’t wait, seats and showtimes are running out! 

To see more photos from rehearsal for our upcoming production of Black Nativity visit NielsenPhotography.com

Follow us on the web @DukeEllingtonDC for updates on the production.

Want more @whoislukejames photos from his visit to Ellington last week? Check out the gallery here. 
Purchase tickets for Ellington’s production of Mike Malone’s Black Nativity! Show runs from Dec.4-15. For updates about the production follow us @DukeEllingtonDC on Twitter and Instagram. Click here to follow us on Facebook.
If you would like to learn more about Ellington’s “Black Nativity experience” visit our Tumblr blog AmenBlackNativity.tumblr.com. Read, watch, and share original works by Ellington students on their perspectives about Black Nativity, being artists, and honoring their artistic gifts.

Want more @whoislukejames photos from his visit to Ellington last week? Check out the gallery here

Purchase tickets for Ellington’s production of Mike Malone’s Black Nativity! Show runs from Dec.4-15. For updates about the production follow us @DukeEllingtonDC on Twitter and Instagram. Click here to follow us on Facebook.

If you would like to learn more about Ellington’s “Black Nativity experience” visit our Tumblr blog AmenBlackNativity.tumblr.com. Read, watch, and share original works by Ellington students on their perspectives about Black Nativity, being artists, and honoring their artistic gifts.

Featured: On the left, Black Nativity film cast member Luke James. On the right Grammy Award winning musician, singer-songwriter Sting. Photo Courtesy of Simone Smalls PR
Just two days left! The excitement is building to see which DESA student or faculty member will win two VIP access tickets to see Sting and Paul Simon in concert at the Strathmore on March 12th. Remember the student or faculty member who sells the most tickets between November 25th and December 2nd (minimum of 25 tickets sold) will win the Sting VIP Access “Black Nativity” Ticket Promotion.
Be a part of the experience, purchase your tickets here!

#mmblacknativity #blacknativity

Featured: On the left, Black Nativity film cast member Luke James. On the right Grammy Award winning musician, singer-songwriter Sting. Photo Courtesy of Simone Smalls PR

Just two days left! The excitement is building to see which DESA student or faculty member will win two VIP access tickets to see Sting and Paul Simon in concert at the Strathmore on March 12th. Remember the student or faculty member who sells the most tickets between November 25th and December 2nd (minimum of 25 tickets sold) will win the Sting VIP Access “Black Nativity” Ticket Promotion.

Be a part of the experience, purchase your tickets here!

#mmblacknativity #blacknativity