The Sitar Arts Center is one of those places that just makes me you smile. You know when you just can’t bear to read the morning newspaper it helps to remember that places like this Center exist. Located at 1700 Kalorama Rd., NW, the Center was founded in 1998 but moved to this location in 2004. Originally an after school music program for inner-city children, the center quickly expanded, after the students asked for more, to include dance, art, painting, and creative writing. The Center is truly state of the art and partners with the Corcoran school of art + design, National Symphony Orchestra, Washington National Opera, Washington Ballet, Arena Stage and many others including a faculty of 120 volunteer teaching artists. I was fortunate to receive a tour from Development Associate, Adrianne Wegner. She told me that 80% of the students come from underprivileged homes in Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights and other parts of the city. Activities the students participate in include dance, art, music, painting, digital media, theater and more. I’m not really doing the place justice you should check out the website above to learn more. For example the students don’t just get music lessons they also take classes in music theory. Awesome. Check out some photos of the amazing interior after the jump.
Recent artwork from some of the students.
Students make their own magazine covers.
Nice dance space.
Student art for sale.