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Sitar Arts Center provides multidisciplinary arts education to the children and youth of Washington, DC in a nurturing, creative community where young people discover their inherent talents and gifts. The Center fosters personal and artistic growth through the visual arts, music, drama, dance, digital arts, creative writing and early childhood arts education. We offer afterschool, weekend and summer classes to more than 700 students a year, 80 percent of whom come from low-income households.
More than 150 talented artists volunteer their time each week to teach and inspire the Center’s students in a state-of-the-art facility. Our passionate volunteer faculty makes a lasting impact on our students’ lives, together with a network of premier partnering arts organizations such as Arena Stage, Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Washington Ballet, National Symphony Orchestra and Washington Performing Arts Society.
Sitar Arts Center was named a 2009 Coming Up Taller Award Winner by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, distinguishing the Center as one of the premier afterschool arts and humanities organizations serving youth in the nation. In addition, Sitar’s students have recently performed at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage with Grammy-winner Prince’s rhythm section, made music at the White House Jazz Studio with the Marsalis family and First Lady Michelle Obama, had their art displayed in the U.S. Capitol, and performed for Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the national kickoff of Lights on Afterschool.
Sitar Arts Center relies on charitable contributions to bring high-quality arts education to families who would otherwise not have these opportunities, thus ensuring that no family is ever turned away because of inability to pay.