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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 low-income households.

The faculty does more than just teach at the Center. 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.

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.


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 Naomi Cohen or call (202) 797-2145, ext. 120 for more information.

Community Service Opportunities for High School Students

High School students seeking community service hours are required to enroll at Sitar as students during the Sitar registration period. They must register for at least one teen arts class  in addition to registering for a “community service job”. This class is for their personal enrichment and not for community service credit.

During the registration appointment students will work with the Senior Director of Programs. Together they will select a community service job from a list of available jobs that best fits their skills and interests as well as the needs of the Center.

Students must make a commitment for the duration for the semester (14 weeks for fall or 15 weeks for spring) and must attend both their teen arts class and their community service job each week in order to receive community service credit. Students are able to earn 1 to 2 hours per week (for a total of 15 – 30 hours for a fall or spring semester) and are responsible for keeping track of their earned hours.

Community service jobs are not available during the summer, unless students are enrolled in the S.E.A.L. summer internship program. For more questions regarding community service, students may contact Ayanna Blue or call (202) 797-2145, ext. 103.