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Exterior of Duke Ellington School of the Arts



Utilize DESA Facilities for Your Next Event

The Duke Ellington School of the Arts offers several distinctive, spacious, and elegant facilities that are ideal for creating a lasting impression and a memorable event.

Nestled in the heart of Georgetown and located just minutes from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Downtown Washington, DC, the Duke Ellington School of the Arts is one of the city’s premier venues offering clients a full range of services to suit any need. A team of knowledgeable and skilled professionals coordinates all services offered by the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

We can accommodate a complete range of events, from live theatrical shows, concerts, movie screenings, galas, to receptions, lectures, meetings and much more! The Duke Ellington School of the Arts can serve as the perfect backdrop to your next event!

Schedule a Tour or Get More Info:

To request a tour or more information, please email Veronica Martin at

Submit a Rental Request

For Facility Rental Requests, please note that donations are suggested to help cover staff time and items such as cleaning supplies and IT support. All requests for use of space at DESA must go through the office of Director of Strategy and Logistics email


Please email your request at least 8 weeks ahead of your event and include the following information: 

  • Name/Organization of Requestor with Contact Information

  • Event Title

  • Event Date(s) and Begin/End Times

  • Brief Description of the Event

  • Space(s) of Interest – Ellington Theatre, Classroom Spaces, Cafeteria/Atrium, Portico , Black Box Theatre, Recital/Performance Hall, Other

Please attach in-depth schedules and/or promotional flyers, if possible.

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