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About Us

In 2020, Sitar Arts Center celebrated 20 years of serving families in Ward 1 and throughout Washington, DC who have unequal access to quality arts education and enriching out-of-school-time opportunities. We never turn anyone away for inability to pay and ensure that 80% of our student body is from families with low income. Sitar currently serves more than 900 students each year. At Sitar Arts Center, DC’s children and teens have opportunities to reach for the stars, develop their talents, and become who they are meant to be.

Our work is made possible through the partnership of 100 volunteer teaching artists who donate their time and our amazing artistic partners, including Berklee City Music Network, DC Jazz Festival, Meridian Hill Pictures, National Symphony Orchestra, The Washington Ballet, Washington Performing Arts, and Young Playwrights Theater.