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In addition to educational programming, Sweetwater provides cultural programming that is open to the public and offered for free or for a nominal cost - including musical performances, educational lectures, and exhibitions featuring local, regional, national, and international artists. Through gallery exhibitions, educational programming, and fundraising events, Sweetwater supports over 300 emerging and professional artists, musicians, and teachers throughout the region annually.

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From its home on Broad Street, Sweetwater seeks a wider audience

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Jack White Tribute Show, at James Street, Gives Back to Sweetwater Center Arts Fund on Oct. 28 

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Sweetwater launches “Advocates for Art” 2017 Campaign

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Peruse 5,000+ pieces of local art at this holiday mART WHAT This one isn’t just a holiday mart, it’s a holiday mART — emphasis on the art. This pop-up boutique …

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No Show Art Show Benefiting the Community Arts Education Fund

Sweetwater Center for the Arts cordially invites you to partake in the inaugural Spring “No-Show Art Show”

We were planning to invite to you to the most extravagant exhibition opening of the season. We had intended to curate artists from all over the world to showcase never before seen works of fine art. We were going to serve you an exquisite assortment of hors d’oeuvres and wine. In addition, we were going to hire the best dance band in Pittsburgh just for this event.

Then we thought, instead, we’d invite you to send just a portion of the hundreds, maybe even thousands, of dollars you would have spent going to a fancy event to support our Community Arts Education Fund.

This Spring, in lieu of sending our usual Spring appeal letter, we invite you to purchase a “ticket” to the No-Show Art Show, which will support hundreds of community members to learn, create, grow, and experience art and culture first hand at your local community art education center.

Our goal for the No-Show Art Show is to raise $25,000 so students of all ages can receive the best educational programming possible. It’s a win-win arrangement: our community members and students win with the funds raised from the No-Show Art Show, and you win by saving both time and money by not having to show up at the event.

Please help us spread the word of the No-Show Art Show with your friends and family!

Click the “ticketing” link below to make a tax-deductible donation to the Community Arts Education Fund today!


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Featured Events

Mountain Muse Artist Reception

June 23, 2018
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Free Event!
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Collecting Art: A Conversation with Jeffrey Jarzynka

July 30, 2018
Free Event!
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Sweetwater Presents: The Lone Pine String Band

July 27, 2018
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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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