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.


2019 Community Arts Project Coming Soon!

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

Welcome to 2019!

Forty-four years ago, a group of friends got together and decided that Sewickley needed a place to learn and create great art. They started grassroots fundraising and were able to purchase a house to begin operating as an art center.

A lot has changed since then. We now occupy a 100+ year-old, historic post-office building, where we offer over 400 classes and camps each year, 6 gallery exhibitions, 12 concerts, and many other experiences in the fine and performing arts. We have grown to support over 250 local, regional, and national artists each year and have partnered with more than 15 other organizations with the aim to use art to enrich the lives of everyone in the communities where we work.

I would like to invite you to join us this year as we set out on a new path for Sweetwater! We are going to take the time to learn more about you, your interests, and your expectations. Our goal is to grow in our community – and in the region – and serve as a go-to place to learn, create, experience, and celebrate great art. We couldn’t have made it this far without your dedication and support of Sweetwater, and we’re so excited to take you on this journey with us!

Be sure to check out the new opportunities and old favorites in the following pages. We’re particularly excited about the Third Thursdays in 2019 – visit our upcoming events page for more details about this new, monthly set of events throughout the year. SweetJazz returns in February and we have six weeks of the best jazz musicians Pittsburgh has to offer! And as always, we have an exciting array of brand-new classes including Page to Stage Acting for Children, Wheel and Sculpture for teens, Introduction to Fiber Weaver on a Handmade Loom for adults, and a Family Drum Circle class for all ages. We hope to see you in one of our many new offerings or enroll again in your go-to favorite!

Cheers to new beginnings!


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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