Special event to benefit safe, affordable afterschool arts education programs for children
Washington, DC – A committee of philanthropic and community leaders combined with corporate and media sponsors will join forces with Sitar Arts Center in Adams Morgan on Thursday, October 21, 2010 to host its annual benefit event, A Night of Sitar Stars, in support of over 700 inner-city students who find an afterschool safe-haven at the Center each week, where they take classes in visual art, music, drama, dance, creative writing and digital media.
At Sitar Arts Center, every student’s tuition is substantially subsidized by the Center and 80% of the students enrolled are from low-income households. Many families pay as little as $15 for a semester of classes, though the real cost is just over $1,000 per student. The goal of Sitar Stars is to raise the funds to sponsor 100 students at the Center this year.
The evening will begin at 6:00 pm with a special open house at Sitar Arts Center featuring student led tours, an art exhibition and an opportunity to mingle with students, volunteers, artistic partners and families. Immediately following the open house at 7:00 pm will be a cocktail reception, silent auction and student performances from Sitar Arts Center’s Saints Band, an encore presentation of songs and scenes from Sitar’s summer musical Hello, Dolly!, and a fashion show featuring Sitar’s up-and-coming young designers at The Meridian International Center.
Coinciding with the 11th annual Lights on Afterschool on October 21, this event is part of the nationwide celebration of afterschool programs, coordinated by the nation's leading voice for afterschool, the Afterschool Alliance. As an afterschool provider, Sitar joins the Afterschool Alliance in working to ensure that all children have access to affordable, quality afterschool programs.
A Night of Sitar Stars began seven years ago when a small group of friends joined forces to help make a better life for the children living in their community and has since evolved into a monumental event bringing an expansive community of DC’s philanthropic and artistic community together to help make it possible for Sitar to continue to provide arts opportunities to our city’s young people.
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