Sweetwater Community Spotlight

Our vision is to thrive as regional asset and to lead innovative, relevant arts and cultural programming throughout the region. Our values of Community, Classes, and Culture help us focus on serving communities as a regional asset, providing programming of the highest artistic quality, and creating an environment that supports excellence in the arts.


The "Faces of Sweetwater" showcases our 2017 summer community arts project featuring self-portraits of our students from across Pittsburgh. Make sure you visit Sweetwater’s booth at annual festivals to partake in our community arts projects!

Annual Festivals include Three Rivers Arts Festival, Sewickley Civic Garden Council May Mart Fesival, Aliquippa Arts Festival, Beaver Book Festival, Harvest Festival in Sewickley, and more!

Three Rivers Arts Festival

RADical Days 2017

Sewickley Harvest Festival

Beaver County Book Festival

Sewickley Art & Music Festival

EQT Children's Theater Festival

Message from the community team

Dear Friends,

As I write to you today, the sun is shining, and I have my window open to let in the crisp, fresh air. It is the first sign of the change in season - and I know I’m not the only person who is excited for what’s next!

Welcome to the Spring and Summer 2018 Course Guide. We have continued our “Back to Basics” programming theme throughout these next two sessions here at Sweetwater. You will find many of your favorite classes and workshops, and we hope you take advantage of the “next step” in your preferred medium or dare to try something new!

Over the next five months, we will host six different exhibitions in our Gallery. We are excited to take part in the 52nd annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts in March and will exhibit two ceramic and pottery shows simultaneously. In April, we will take part in the annual Sewickley Spring Gallery walk and host a pop-up jewelry boutique sale called Spring LUXE. Before we know it, summer will be upon us! We are getting ready to welcome another 1,000+ campers throughout the months of June, July, and August. We can’t wait to welcome members of your family to take part in half and full day camps of art creation, exploration, and celebration.

As always, we are so very thankful for your continued support and dedication to Sweetwater. We are grateful for your commitment to sustaining the creative, fine, and performing arts as a vital part of the community and region through our education classes, outreach partnerships, performances and exhibitions. We owe our success to all of you - our students, members, donors, volunteers, neighbors, and friends.

See you soon!

All my best,

Thomas P. Walters
Executive Director


When you or a family member is looking to take an art class, view an exhibition, or attend a cultural event, where do you turn? If you're like most in our community, you go to Sweetwater Center for the Arts.

$1,000 provides enough materials to fund a semester-long community outreach program.
$500 allows two senior citizens to take an oil painting class.
$250 provides enough clay for every student in an 8-week ceramics class.
$200 will send a child to summer camp for a week.
$100 provides the food for a culinary workshop.
$50 provides materials for two weeks of painting camps.

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