Sitar Arts Center

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About us

Sitar Arts Center advances the critical life skills of financially disadvantaged children and youth and prepares them for achievement in the 21st century through visual, performing and digital arts education in a nurturing community. Each semester, more than 80% of the Center’s school-aged children are from lowincome households. The President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities recognized Sitar with the prestigious National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award and in 2015, Sitar Arts Center received The Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management.

Fostering personal and artistic growth through the visual arts, music, drama, dance, digital arts and creative writing, the Center offers after-school, weekend and summer classes to more than 500 students a year, 80 percent of whom come from low-income households.

More than 100 talented artists volunteer their time each week to teach and inspire the Center's students in a state-of-the-art facility. Together with a network of premier partnering arts organizations such as the Washington Ballet,the DC Jazz Festival, the National Symphony Orchestra and Washington Performing Arts Society, our passionate volunteer faculty makes a lasting impact on our students' lives.

Bringing high-quality arts education to families who would otherwise not have these opportunities, Sitar Arts Center relies on charitable contributions to ensure that no family is ever turned away because of inability to pay. To register for classes, volunteer or learn more about the Center, please call 202-797-2145 or visit


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1700 Kalorama Rd. NW, Suite 101, Washington, DC, 20009, US

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