The Ellington Fund ensures a dynamic arts and academic experience for students at Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Now in its 36th year, the school educates and trains over 500 aspiring student artists a year, from all city wards. This year, young artists will take the stage for 20 public performances of theater, music, and dance and display their paintings and sculptures in five gallery openings. The Fund provides the critical support for these after-school productions and exhibits – while also forging critical partnerships with the Kennedy Center, Shakespeare Theatre, National Symphony Orchestra, and others. Retaining and supporting high-quality teachers and keeping at-risk students in school are also central to the mission. The Fund's Shepherding Program matches students who are at the highest risk of dropping out with mentors who can "shepherd" them through – offering counseling, tutoring, and college guidance. And the results speak for themselves: a 98% on-time graduation rate, 95% college acceptance, and an outpouring of performing and visual arts. You can support the next generation of educated artists!