Our Mission

Sweetwater Center for the Arts is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. At Sweetwater, our mission is simple: to enrich the lives of children and adults in the community we serve by providing excellence in arts education and cultural programs.

About Sweetwater

Sweetwater offers nearly 400 classes, workshops, and lectures annually in the visual, performing, literary and culinary arts for children, teens, and adults at every skill level, from beginner to experienced. Sweetwater's multidisciplinary approach includes classes in ceramics/sculpture, cooking, drawing, painting, photography, jewelry & metalsmithing, fiber arts, traditional crafts as well as private music lessons.

In addition to education 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.



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 receiving our usual 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.

Visit our "Ways To Give Page" to make a tax-deductible donation to the Community Arts Education Fund today! Please help us spread the word of the No-Show Art Show with your friends and family!

Outreach Partners

Helping artists of all ages and backgrounds reach their full potential is central to our vision, and to this end, Sweetwater offers numerous programs for the region’s children, youth, and adults. We partner and collaborate with schools and other community organizations to provide affordable and accessible opportunities of the highest artistic quality. Most of our current outreach initiatives target underserved and at-risk youth, and we are working to expand our programming to meet the needs of our region’s aging populations. Sweetwater is proud to offer every student, regardless of age, who wishes to attend a class the opportunity to do so through our need-based scholarship program.

Current Partners

Sweetwater Supporters

Philanthropy plays a vital role in Sweetwater’s mission: To enrich the lives of both children and adults of all ages in the community by being a cornerstone for arts education and cultural programming. Sweetwater is sustained by the continued support of foundations, trusts, corporations, and individual donors. This support allows the Center to provide the highest quality classes, workshops, and events to anyone regardless of their age and financial situation. Sweetwater is passionate about ensuring its students, members, teaching artists, and outreach partners continue to learn, grow, and ultimately become more well-rounded human beings after experiencing a class, event, or exhibition.

Current Supporters

Sweetwater Community Spotlight

Self Portrait Community Arts Project

May Mart Festival

Three Rivers Arts Festival

Sewickley Harvest Festival

Beaver County Book Festival - Recycled Book Pumpkin Patch

Self Portrait Community Arts Project


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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