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,

At Sweetwater Center for the Arts, we thrive when our students do. Helping artists of all ages and backgrounds reach their full potential is central to our vision. The world of art and culture is vital to our well-being, and here at Sweetwater we care about equality, freedom of expression, and creativity. We hope you will consider including Sweetwater in your year-end giving!

Does your gift really make a difference? Absolutely! Believe in the impact you can make in transforming families, neighborhoods, school districts and communities through art education and cultural experiences.

For preschoolers, your gift means an introduction to creative self-expression through affordable class workshops like Texture, that focuses on hand-eye coordination, large and small motor skills, as well as descriptive vocabulary for discussing art.

For children and teens, your gift means a multicultural adventure during The Creative Summer Experience, where 50% of participants receive scholarships.

For girls living in group homes at Girl’s Hope of Pittsburgh, your gift means goal-oriented cooking activities that promote self-esteem and healthy life skills.

For adults, your gift means free or affordable, high quality entertainment such as Sweetwater’s popular Sweet Jazz Series and the Mavuno Festival Gospel Brunch.

For seniors, your gift means interactive art therapy sessions in a new partnership with The Parkinson’s Foundation of Western Pennsylvania.

For low-income families, your gift means the opportunity to engage in the arts by providing scholarships to more than 400 art classes.

For regional artists, musicians, and performers, your gift means opportunities to share their talents with diverse audiences and to sell their artwork.

For your community, your gift means supporting Sweetwater’s Community Arts Education Fund to ensure that every child or adult with our region has access to a high-quality arts education.

Today begins our final push to end 2017 on a high note. With our “$60k in 60 days campaign”, it is a challenge to continue to create even more extraordinary and innovative experiences for everyone in your community throughout 2018 and beyond. Thank you for your support! We hope to see you at the Center soon!


Thomas P. Walters
Interim 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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