Sitar Arts Center

WISH LIST: $100: 1 Friday Teen Arts Night for 35 students; $500: a field trip to one of Washington’s best arts institutions for 40-60 children; $1000: an unlimited semester of classes for 1 student

When Sitar Arts Center opened in the basement of an apartment building, the idea was simple: create a safe, nurturing, after-school environment in the Adams Morgan neighborhood, where 80% of students come from low-income households. And let the arts flourish. Well, flourish they did. In just a decade, Sitar has evolved into a multidisciplinary arts organization that reaches 850 students annually – and no child is ever turned away. A 16-week semester of unlimited classes at the Center costs between $15-$55 and the options are nearly unlimited: music, dance, theater, creative writing, visual arts, and digital arts for students, primarily ages 6-18. Early Childhood Arts brings together play, movement and storytelling to help parents become better educators for their children; and Camp Sitar is an intensive summer arts program for 100 campers, culminating in a full musical production. Young artists can truly mature and grow at Sitar, and the Emerging Arts Leaders and Summer Teen Intern programs give adolescents the chance to deepen their engagement. You can ensure that this wonderful place continues to sing.