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5 Year Plan

In 2022, Sitar Arts Center announced its plan to grow and expand our services, arts programs, and community spaces. This decision—informed by the community and two years of uncertainty generated by the COVID-19 pandemic—will nearly double Sitar’s physical footprint and create opportunity for deepened engagement and arts education opportunities for young people of all ages.

To guide this effort, Sitar Arts Center has developed a strategic plan that charts a course for the organization through 2027, with a focus on growing our impact in four primary areas.

We know that if we are to accomplish our vision of a city in which all young people experience transformative moments through quality, accessible arts education and career training, we must focus on both long-term objectives and more immediate needs within our community. Our new strategic plan serves as our guide, elevating the perspective of our most important audience: our families, and ensuring all young people are supported on their path to discover their creativity and achieve their full potential.

Strategic Focus Areas

Grow in Place as a Community Anchor for DC

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The community call for Sitar to expand grows louder every day. There is simply not enough affordable arts education, out-of-school time, and workforce development opportunities in DC for families overcoming economic barriers. To accomplish this, Sitar will expand its physical footprint and evolve our programming to meet the needs of our community.

Expand Our Continuum to Young Adulthood

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As Sitar continues to grow, so do our students. Despite working hard and high school success, Sitar alumni face continuous, systemic barriers to completing a four-year college program and following traditional career pathways. To accomplish this, Sitar will deeply invest in workforce development so young people can chart their own pathways to success.

Deepen Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

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Sitar was founded on the belief that every child deserves access to quality arts education, and we know that there is work to do to formalize and build on that commitment. To accomplish this, Sitar will revisit programming and systems to create a more inclusive and equitable environment for our community.

Evolve our Business Model and Brand Identity

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Our bold vision for the future requires that the Sitar Arts Center’s business model and brand identity adapt to align with our new strategic direction. To accomplish this, Sitar will scale revenue models and build brand awareness, cementing Sitar as an organizational leader in accessible arts education and workforce development.