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Sitar Salon Dialogue: Artists as Entrepreneurs

June 15, 2020

Join us online, July 7th at 5 pm, for the Sitar Leadership Council’s Third Salon Dialogue: Artists as Entrepreneurs Register here: Four fireside conversations with leading artists, designers, musicians, and creative entrepreneurs, on how they are adapting to the COVID-19 era and more. Featuring(in alphabetical order) Will Eastman, U Street Music HallC. Lorenzo Evans (Read More)

Alumni Feature: Dinda Nugroho

April 10, 2020

Dinda! What can we say about Dinda, alumni extraordinaire and current Corporate and Foundations Relations Intern. Have you seen her play with the Sitar Saints Band or been met in the halls by her bright smile? Dinda sounds out about what it’s like to be a member of Sitar’s creative community in her Alumni Feature (Read More)

Alumni Feature: Jamie & Janin

March 30, 2020

We began our Alumni Interview Series in February and are excited to bring the first interview to you below, in English and in Spanish. Jamie (Registrar and Programs Operation Manager, Sitar Arts Center) and Janin (Community Events and Engagement Coordinator, Sitar Arts Center) are mainstays of Sitar. First, they were students, and now they are (Read More)

2020 ECA Meeting of Minds Institute: Artful Play

January 31, 2020

At the first event in Sitar’s 20th Anniversary year, a host of internationally known guest presenters and panelists convened with community members here at the center—sharing knowledge and discussing forward-thinking approaches to early childhood development. Peter Gray. Ph.D., research professor, esteemed author of Free to Learn and president of The Alliance for Self-Directed Education (pictured), kicked (Read More)

How Local Partnerships Support Sitar Arts Center

December 19, 2019

For many community-based nonprofits, partnerships enhance programming and provide a bridge to the working world. This model is embodied by Sitar Arts Center, WWPR’s 2018-2019 nonprofit pro bono client. Fourteen artistic partnerships support Sitar’s programming for more than 900 students annually, 80% of whom come from a household with low-income. Sitar partners with organizations ranging (Read More)

3 Ways Sitar’s Mural Arts Program Helps Summer Interns Develop Key Workforce Skills

June 10, 2019

Research consistently shows that when young people from low-income neighborhoods have access to affordable and creative extracurricular programs, they are more likely to experience more future professional opportunities. Sitar Arts Center’s Mural Arts Program offers young people the opportunity to collaboratively create large murals for area businesses during the summer. While interns improve their painting (Read More)

Sitar’s Star Shines Bright through Saints Band

April 18, 2019

If you live in the Adams Morgan neighborhood, open your windows the evening of April 25. You may just be able to hear the Sitar Arts Center’s band – known as The Saints – as they play the organization’s signature fundraiser at the LINE DC Hotel. The Saints, formed in 1999 within Sitar’s After school (Read More)

Sitar Arts Center Shows Every Day Why Arts Education is Essential

March 15, 2019

When schools face tight budgets, arts classes are often the first to be cut. Music and painting are often viewed as “extras” in comparison to reading and math. But at Sitar Arts Center, leaders, parents and volunteers passionately believe – and observe every day – how exposing young people to the arts builds essential skills (Read More)

A Conversation with Kieran Hayes, Sitar Arts Center Volunteer, and Donor

February 25, 2019

Kieran has lived in the DC region for several years but currently resides in Vienna. Sitar came into his life almost three years ago. Aspirations of potentially pursuing a career in teaching motivated him to find a way to share the gift of music with the community. At the age of 10, he started taking (Read More)

Sitar Alum Spotlight: A Conversation with Christina Lucas

January 24, 2019

The learning experiences that many young performers and artists gain at Sitar Arts Center have been such a strong influencer that several Sitar graduates have formed the Sitar Alumni Actors Theater Company. The new alumni theater troupe will present its first production, A Raisin in the Sun in February as part of Sitar’s celebration of (Read More)

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