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2024 Arts Schools Network Annual Conference
Washington, DC
October 22-25, 2024
Hosted by Duke Ellington School of the Arts

Arts at the Forefront of Change



Tours are open and available to all registered conference attendees.

Half Tour Day add-on-cost for only $100.

Choose from:

Elementary Tour (AM)


High School Tour (PM)

Attend BOTH Tours for $125


Benjamin D. Foulois Creative and Performing Arts Academy (K-8)

Benjamin D. Foulois Creative and Performing Arts Academy is a K-8 performing arts school where students are prepared to be high-achievers in both academics and the performing arts. We assist the students in this endeavor through an emphasis on students' learning experiences in character education partnered with recruiting, supporting, and retaining talented and passionate educators and staff members who consistently deliver high-quality learning experiences for the students served.

8:00 am- 1:00 pm (Transportation & Lunch Included)


Duke Ellington School of the Arts High School Tour

Duke Ellington School of the Arts (DESA) was established in 1974 by two trailblazing African American artists and activists, Peggy Cooper-Cafritz and Mike Malone. Their vision was to provide equitable access to a life-changing arts education for the District's talented youth, regardless of background or ability to pay. To this day, DESA is the only public high school in DC to offer a dual curriculum integrating college-preparatory academics with pre-professional arts training in Dance, Instrumental Music, Cinematic Arts & Media Production, Museum Studies, Technical, Design & Production, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Vocal Music. Nearly 50 years later, Ellington continues to nurture the next generation of scholar-artists and changemakers.

1:00 pm- 5:00 pm (Transportation Included)

 Reservations are required and space is limited.

Register for the conference and reserve your tour spot today!