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

Fall 2018

Welcome to Sweetwater! We are excited to kick-off our last session of the year in September, and we can guarantee there is something for everyone in our busy schedule.

As usual, you’ll be able to find your favorite classes and workshops in the more “traditional” fine arts, like painting, drawing, and pottery. I’m thrilled to share that we have planned new courses in photography, film, and mindfulness. I am looking forward to seeing many of you return for the Fall session, and would encourage you to spread the word about our Education programs to your family and friends.

This fall we will feature Three Foot Square, a solo exhibition of new abstract paintings by Scott Hunter. Our Mavuno Festival of African American Art and Culture features Ebony Castapheny, a local dancer who specializes in West African Dance, as well as Bonita Lee Penn, a writer and poet. In addition to highlighting the work of both of these wonderful artists through classes and workshops, we will feature a photography exhibit titled Reflection and Remembrance. Back by popular demand are the Gospel Brunch and Muddled+Mixed events. For more information, please visit our upcoming events webpage.

Finally, our annual Holiday mART sale begins with a preview party on Saturday, November 24th and continues November 27th through December 9th. Stay tuned for more details!

On behalf of the staff and Board of Directors, I’d like to thank you, so much, for your continued support and dedication to Sweetwater. We are committed to providing you with the best experiences in the creative, fine and performing arts – and we couldn’t do it without you!

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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