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Strategic Plan Series: Expanding to Young Adulthood

February 1, 2023

Do you remember your first “real” job? Mine was at the Smith Haven Mall in the junior’s clothing department of Steinbach Department Store. (I was 16, and it was a rocky start. On my first day, the 18-year-old who was “training” me left me alone and bewildered at the register so that she and a (Read More)

Strategic Plan Series: Growing in Place

December 16, 2022

Welcome to the first of four posts in our blog series about Sitar’s bold strategic vision and five-year plan! Sometimes, the vision for the future is born from a simple question. For me, it is a question I have fielded many times over the last decade: “Why does Sitar Arts Center stay in Adams Morgan (Read More)

Artist Feature: Leslie Espino

April 26, 2022

As part of our month-long Earth Day celebration, we place importance on connecting with emerging artists to give their perspective on practicing sustainability in the arts. Recently, we met with Houston-based mixed media artist, Leslie Espino, to discuss repurposing material, embracing artistic mistakes, and reimagining places as safe spaces.  What kind of art do you (Read More)

Artist Feature: Dany Green

April 12, 2022

We are excited to start our Earth Day artist features with D.C. based artist Dany Green. Dany is a self-taught mosaic artist whose unique approach pushes the boundaries of traditional mosaics. She spoke with us to give more insight into her sustainable creative practices, her artistic influences, and the importance of displaying art in communities. (Read More)

Alumni Spotlight: Benz Marston

April 7, 2022

For this Sitar Alumni Feature, we shine a light on Benz Marston, a professional cellist and teacher residing in Los Angeles, CA. As a teen, Benz was granted a scholarship to attend The Washington Conservatory of Music in our nation’s capital, and was a member of the National Symphony Orchestra fellowship program in DC. Benz (Read More)

Alumni Spotlight: Tokunbo Adedeinde

March 24, 2022

Our next Alumni Spotlight features our extraordinarily-talented alum, Tokunbo Adedeinde. Tokunbo is a filmmaker and actor who has been a part of Sitar’s community since he was 14 years old. He has starred in several summer musical productions including West Side Story, and the Sitar Alumni Actors’ Theater Company’s productions of The Piano Lesson and A (Read More)

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Alumni Spotlight: Forrest Penrod

March 10, 2022

We continue our Alumni Spotlight series with filmmaker, actor, writer, director, teacher, and Sitar alum, Forrest Penrod. Forrest has been involved in our community since he was very young, and is a great representative for what it means to “grow up at Sitar”. Take a look at these photos, and read on for Forrest’s feature (Read More)

Our Alumni Community

February 9, 2022

Over the last few months, we have started sharing our installation of Alumni Spotlight Boards featuring Sitar alumni engaged in various artistic disciplines. Other than growing up at Sitar, all have shared an expression of Sitar being a second home, a place to gather as a community, celebrate the arts, grow artistically, develop professionally, and (Read More)

Alumni Spotlight: Donyel Marbley

January 27, 2022

We are excited to share our next Alumni Spotlight, featuring our multi-talented alum, Donyel Marbley. Donyel is a graphic designer, painter, and video editor, who attended Sitar from a young age in Arts Afterschool and as a mural artist during Camp Sitar’s Summer Internship. We are thrilled to share Donyel’s insight into his artistic passion, (Read More)

Alumni Spotlight: Dinda Nugroho

December 23, 2021

Our most recent installation of Alumni Boards at Sitar Arts Center fills our hallways with feelings of belonging and aspirations for artistic futures. This new wave of featured alumni has encouraged much inspiration amongst our community, and has enlightened our young artists about the possibilities of creative careers. For our latest Alumni Spotlight, we caught (Read More)

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