Sweetwater Appoints New Executive Director

Welcome Tommy Walters!

SEWICKLEY, PA, February 5, 2018 – Sweetwater Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the appointment of Thomas Walters as their new Executive Director. Thomas “Tommy” joined Sweetwater’s staff in February 2017 as the Director of Education & Outreach. With a passion for arts education in the community, Tommy is very active in the Greater Pittsburgh Arts scene, and will be an asset to the growth of our organization.

“I am humbled, honored, and thrilled to become the next Executive Director of Sweetwater. It has been my pleasure to work with the talented and dedicated staff and Board for the last year, and I’m excited to continue the work we have been doing together in the community and the region. Sewickley has become my home away from home and I’m looking forward to building closer relationships in and around the community, forming meaningful partnerships with other organizations, and providing the highest quality experiences in the fine and performing arts to the people we serve.”

A Butler, PA native, Tommy also currently serves on the Board of Directors for Three Rivers Young Peoples’ Orchestra and has taught private, classical piano lessons for 10 years. Prior to joining Sweetwater, Tommy worked as the Director of Education Programs at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He studied music education and business administration at Westminster College and is currently enrolled in the Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice, in conjunction with National Arts Strategies.

President of the Board, Mr. Jeremy G. Angus, said of Tommy’s appointment: “The Board of Directors and I are truly excited to see the official addition of Mr. Walters as the new Executive Director for the center [Sweetwater Center for the Arts]. It is through his leadership and vision for the center that we are confident he and his team will lead the organization to amazing new heights.”

Mr. Angus continued, “Sweetwater is truly an amazing asset to our community and region and Mr. Walters fits perfect into the formula needed to continue to provide high-quality arts education and programming throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania. As the newly appointed, President of the Sweetwater Board of Directors, I personally look forward to working with Mr. Walters and his team in ensuring the continued long-term sustainability and success of the center. I couldn’t be more excited for the future!”


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