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About Us


Charity Navigator 4-Star Rating (2022)

Charity Navigator is America’s premier independent charity evaluator.

Spur Local (formerly The Catalogue for Philanthropy) (2023, 2019-2020, 2015-2016, 2011-2012, 2007-2008, and 2003-2004)

Nonprofits are vetted through a rigorous process and recognized for being one of the best nonprofits in the Greater Washington, DC area.

Mayor’s Arts Award for Excellence in Arts Education (2017)

Presented by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the award is the most prestigious honor conferred by the District of Columbia to individual artists, teachers, and arts organizations.

The Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management (2015)

This annual award is presented by the Center for Nonprofit Advancement to a nonprofit in the Washington, DC metropolitan area that demonstrates outstanding organizational management, including fiscal management, resource development, and use of technology.

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award – Winner (2009), Semi-Finalist (2006)

Presented by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, distinguishing Sitar as one of the premier afterschool arts and humanities organizations serving youth in the country. (Formerly the Coming Up Taller Award)

The Exponent Award (2006)

Presented by the Meyer Foundation, recognizing strong and effective nonprofit leaders with a track record of accomplishment who have the potential for future growth and development.

Vision Award for Arts and the Community (2005)

Presented by the Committee of 100 on the Federal City, recognizing projects, plans, organizations and individuals from across the city that are visionary and innovative in meeting our mission.

Mayor’s Arts Award for Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education (2002)

Presented by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Mayor’s Arts Awards are the most prestigious honors conferred by the city on individual artists, organizations and patrons recognizing outstanding artists and organizations of the arts nominated by the citizens of the District.

The Impact Award (2002)

Presented by The Jacob & Charlotte Lehrman Foundation, recognizing one outstanding emerging non-profit organization each year that is making an extraordinary difference in Washington, DC.