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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 ...
Marta Reid Stewart, a teacher at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, was honored with the "Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education" award in celebration of the arts in D.C. Photo by Roy Lewis

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