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.
I’m writing to you today with a heavy heart. This weekend’s tragic loss of life at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill has shaken the greater Pittsburgh community to its core. Our hearts and minds are with the families of those who were taken senselessly from this world, as well as with everyone in our great city that mourns along with them.
At Sweetwater, we believe in the transformative power of the arts. We also believe that art has a place in everyone’s life. That’s why when someone in our community is hurt, we stand with them - whether in Sewickley, Ambridge, McKees Rocks, Squirrel Hill, or Mt. Lebanon. I hope that everyone can find comfort and peace in this time by surrounding themselves with loved ones, neighbors, and friends, and maybe even by making or experiencing the power of the arts together.
This week, several nonprofit organizations in Sewickley will be collecting letters of sympathy, condolence, and love to send to the congregation at Tree of Life. These cards will be available at Sweetwater’s office on the lower level; we invite everyone who visits us this week to share a message, a letter, or a drawing of love and support to our brothers and sisters in Squirrel Hill. I’m reminded of a quote by Pablo Picasso, who said: “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” All of our souls are dusty - and hurt - after this weekend, so together we can help wash away that dust, pain, and sorrow with our support.
Sweetwater’s doors are always open and anyone is welcome. We are here for you. We care about you.
Together we will overcome this grief and sadness. Together we will be stronger than hate.
Together, with love, we can create a better tomorrow.
All my love,
Thomas P. Walters
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.