Duke Ellington Teacher Receives Prestigious Arts Award
Dorothy Rowley | 10/23/2013, 2:15 p.m.
Marta Reid Stewart, an educator at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, has been honored with the "Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education" award in celebration of the arts in D.C.
Stewart, well-known in the local arts arena for the work she does inspiring students at the highly-acclaimed school in Northwest, has received numerous other awards for her excellence and innovation in the arts.
In accepting her latest honor during the 28th annual "Mayor's Arts Awards" show on Oct. 22 at the Warner Theatre in downtown Washington, she credited her students.
"The students at Duke Ellington are doing the work that no other high school students are doing in this country," Stewart said. "These students not only learned how to do that, but they learned how live. They are dedicated to balancing work and play, and most importantly, they have a desire to leave their mark."
Quoting the late author and educator James Weldon Johnson, she said it is her job to "preserve art, interpret art and exhibit art."
Other award recipients for the event, which was sponsored by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, include:
Carla Perlo, Outstanding Service to the Arts
Miriam's Kitchen and The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Innovation in the Arts
Brian Grundstrom, Outstanding Emerging Artist
The Phillips Collection, Excellence in Artistic Discipline
Critical Exposure, also for Outstanding Contributions to Arts Education
Topher Kandick, Mayor's Arts Awards for Teaching-Language Arts
Sarah Pace, Mayor's Arts Awards for Teaching-Performing Arts
Paige Byme, Mayor's Arts Awards for Teaching-Visual Arts