Sitar on the Piazza

Thursday, September 8th at 5:30 PM

Ristorante i Ricchi
1220 19th Street NW

Experience the mission and creative energy of Sitar Arts Center on the piazza of Ristorante i Ricchia DC treasure celebrated locally and internationally for fresh, authentic Tuscany cuisine in a welcoming and elegant environment.

A complimentary, outdoor reception from 5:30 - 7:00 PM will feature i Ricchi delicacies, live art and music by Sitar students and alumni, an art auction, and more.

Executive Chef and Owner Christianne Ricchi will then present a specially designed three-course dinner, with Sitar Arts Center artists and leaders, at $125/person inside the restaurant.

Sitar will abide by and continue to monitor guidelines and safety protocols as mandated by DC.

About Sitar Arts Center

Sitar Arts Center is a safe space and nurturing community where DC students, from birth through young adulthood, learn and build skills in art, music, dance, theater, and digital media. Sitar’s evidence-based programs put affordability and equity first. We prioritize families who have been marginalized by the high cost of arts training and systemic barriers to afterschool and summer opportunities. A minimum of 80% of students are from households with low-income and 84% are Black, Hispanic, Latinx, or Multi-racial.

Since opening in 2000, Sitar has been recognized locally and nationally:

  • Annually named “One of the Best” Charities in the Greater Washington region by the Catalogue for Philanthropy since 2003
  • 2017 Mayor’s Arts Award for Excellence in Arts Education
  • 2015 Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management
  • 2009 National Arts and Humanities Youth Programs Award from the President’s Committee on the Arts

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Please contact Essence Newhoff, Chief Development Officer, at 202.797.2145 ext. 101 or

Host Committee

Carroll Dey, Chair
Quanda Allen
Gregg Busch
Charles DeSantis
Mario Garcia Durham
Jade Floyd
Jill Herscot
Lynn Lee
Tricia Lloyd
Jude Mabone
Mohini Malhotra
Ellin Nolan
Melanie Simons
Vivek Srivastava


JBG Smith
Gregg Busch and Brook Rose