SHADE gets its strength from the voices that make up its membership. SHADE’S membership is comprised of the parents, students, faculty, staff, alumni, alumni families and friends of Duke Ellington School of the Arts. We encourage you to let joining SHADE be just the beginning of your contributions to the DESA community. After joining SHADE be sure to volunteer to join or lead a standing or ad hoc committee or submit your name as a candidate for an officer position. Beyond monthly meetings, there are numerous activities SHADE engages in that require your support and participation throughout the year.

Joining SHADE also provides an opportunity to interact with the administration and leadership of DESA on a regular basis and meet and network with faculty, staff and parents from other departments. SHADE has a rolling membership drive which accepts new entrants at any time but we sincerely hope you’ll join SHADE at the end of the current school year, during the summer or at the very beginning of the next school year.

In an effort to avoid competing with the multiple Arts Departments for fundraising dollars, SHADE does not engage in fundraising activities. All of SHADE’s fundraising is achieved through membership fees and donations. So your membership fees, in addition to your participation is crucially important to the viability and capabilities of SHADE.

Complete and submit your application at: SHADE Membership Form

Payment options for Membership Dues include:
1. PayPal or Credit Card: (button above)
2. CashApp: $SHADEFunds
3. Check or Money Order Payable to SHADE