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Sitar Alum Spotlight: A Conversation with Christina Lucas

January 24, 2019

The learning experiences that many young performers and artists gain at Sitar Arts Center have been such a strong influencer that several Sitar graduates have formed the Sitar Alumni Actors Theater Company. The new alumni theater troupe will present its first production, A Raisin in the Sun in February as part of Sitar’s celebration of (Read More)

Getting to Know a Sitar Arts Center Alumnus

December 20, 2018

A talented pianist and aspiring toxicologist, Israel Nuñez says he owes his life to Sitar Arts Center. Much as they did with Nuñez, Sitar sets more than 900 young people in D.C. up for success by providing a place for them to flourish through artistic education, personal growth, and professional development. That’s why WWPR is (Read More)

Sitar Selected as a Grantee of Bloomberg Philanthropies

September 7, 2018

Sitar Arts Center is excited to share that it is a grantee recipient of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program. The invitation-only program seeks to strengthen the organizational capacity and programming of small and mid-size cultural organizations within Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. Through the $43 million multi-year (Read More)

Mayor Bowser Visits with Students at Sitar

February 28, 2018

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser recently visited with Sitar Arts Center students and they were eager to share their artwork, their stories, and their hopes with their city’s leadership. Ten year-old Sitar student Daniela introduced the Mayor to an art room full of educators and youth advocates. Daniela has been coming to Sitar since she was a (Read More)

Sitar Receives National Media Spotlight

July 13, 2017

Sitar Arts Center was recently profiled in Youth Today, an independent, nationally distributed newspaper. The article, Access to Arts is Linked to Greater Well-Being in Economically Disadvantaged Neighborhoods, confirms what Sitar Arts Center has long known to be true here in our community.  “Cultural opportunities provide a bright spot in many disadvantaged neighborhoods.” Recent studies (Read More)

Lights On Afterschool

October 22, 2015

Every October, thousands of communities across the country celebrate Lights On Afterschool, a call for attention to the importance of afterschool programs and the resources to keep the lights and doors open for America’s children, families and communities organized by Afterschool Alliance. Sitar Arts Center is honored to participate in Lights On Afterschool. In America today, 11.3 million (Read More)

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School Readiness

October 15, 2015

Every year, Sitar Arts Center helps hundreds of students prepare for school—whether it is Kindergarten, back-to-school after the summer or college. Ready for Kindergarten Studies show that during the critical early years of life, the arts play an important role in children’s cognitive, motor, language, and social-emotional development. Sitar’s early childhood music, art, dance, and (Read More)

Sitar Students Develop 21st Century Learning Skills

March 1, 2015

In today’s challenging world, it is more important than ever that students are acquiring the kinds of skills that will enable them to succeed in the 21st century. Sitar Arts Center is committed to advancing these critical life skills for its students. We know that the arts are both an avenue for self-discovery and a (Read More)

Fifteen Years Celebrating Kids, Arts and Community

January 27, 2015

A lot changes in 15 years. Barbara – a former Sitar student – is volunteering at Sitar Arts Center and recently found proof of that change. She unearthed pictures of us in our original basement space when she was a preteen and I was the grants writer. We began reminiscing about our leaky, but beloved, (Read More)

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