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Sitar Selected as a Grantee of Bloomberg Philanthropies

Sitar Arts Center is excited to share that it is a grantee recipient of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program. The invitation-only program seeks to strengthen the organizational capacity and programming of small and mid-size cultural organizations within Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. Through the $43 million multi-year initiative, Bloomberg Philanthropies will provide general operating support as well as arts management training in areas of fundraising, strategic planning, marketing and board development.

“Sitar Arts Center is thrilled to be a recipient of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Arts Innovation and Management Grant,” said Maureen Dwyer, Executive Director of Sitar. “This remarkable investment reflects Bloomberg Philanthropies’ commitment to move the needle on equity and the arts in DC. Together, we will advance equitable access for children and teens to transformative arts education in music, visual art, dance and acting, igniting the creativity and building the skills that will serve them well as professionals and civic leaders. Sitar Arts Center will leverage the unique grant and training opportunity from Bloomberg Philanthropies to strategically and sustainably grow giving from individual donors, whose generosity fuels our vision and makes our programs possible.”

AIM targets arts non-profits because of the vital role that they play in building communities, driving local economies and supporting artists. “The arts inspire people, provide jobs, and strengthen communities,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies. “This program is aimed at helping some of the country’s most exciting cultural organizations reach new audiences and expand their impact.”

Bloomberg Philanthropies will develop curricula and conduct seminars for the program in partnership with leading experts, including the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland, led by Institute Chairman Michael M. Kaiser and President Brett Egan. AIM organizations will engage in activities that strengthen their long-term health and goals, and will receive one-on-one consultations and implementation support for organization leaders and their boards.

Watch this video for an overview of the Arts Innovation and Management program: