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.
Our vision is to thrive as a 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. We collaborate with schools and other community organizations to provide affordable and accessible opportunities; most of our outreach initiatives target underserved and at-risk youth. Sweetwater also continues to offer every student who wishes to attend a class the opportunity to do so through our need-based scholarship program. Sweetwater passionately believes that the foundation of arts education and skill development are critical to the individual regardless of his or her age or career path.
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.