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About Us


Volunteers are an important part of our model in providing high-quality, affordable arts education. Every semester more than 100 volunteers give an hour of their time every week to teaching our students or helping with administrative activities.

Sitar’s volunteers and teaching artists from our partner organizations teach more than 60 classes each week in the visual arts, dance, creative writing, drama, music, digital arts, and approximately 100 private music lessons. These local visual and performing artists who volunteer their time and talents enable Sitar to achieve its mission. They also help to ensure that each semester 80 percent of students are from households with low-income.

The faculty does more than just teach. They become mentors and role models for their students, often forging meaningful and lasting relationships. We are profoundly grateful to our volunteer faculty for strengthening the lives of our children and strengthening our community.

2021-2022 Volunteers

We extend special appreciation to these individuals who have volunteered their time to teach classes at Sitar Arts Center during the past year:

Ayla Francis
Be Dismond Sweet
Camila Rodriguez
Caroline Burr
Chad McCall
Colin Brackett
Darryl Shrock
Diane Lathrop
Gabriel Johnson
Hiba Alyawer
Juliana Biondo
Kendra Rubinfeld
Kieran Hayes
Maude Fish
Parker Schaffel
Revanth Guttikonda

Volunteer Faculty Positions

There are opportunities to become a part of Sitar’s volunteer faculty in visual arts, music, creative writing, dance, drama, and graphic arts for those with three or more years experience in any of the artistic disciplines. Click here to find out more about becoming a volunteer teacher.

Other Volunteer Support

You don’t need an arts background to volunteer. If you are interested in assisting with various volunteer needs at the Center, including lobby hosting, help with administrative tasks, mailings, Center maintenance, event support or a volunteer internship, download the Volunteer Application and send to Rob Smith or call (202) 797-2145 for more information.

Community Service Opportunities for High School Students

If you are in high school looking for community service hours, please go to our Internships & Community Service page.