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.
For over four decades, the place that people throughout the region have discovered to create, experience, and celebrate the arts is our very own Sweetwater Center for the Arts.
Our story began in 1975 when a group of friends and neighbors in Sewickley came together to open an arts center where they could study and create art together. Over the years, our community has grown, and we have transformed to become a regional hub that offers more than 400 classes, 6 gallery exhibitions, 10 musical performances, and countless artist lectures, auctions, and experiences in the arts. We also have a robust outreach program, further expanding our community through partnerships with more than 10 organizations in three counties.
Sweetwater is at a turning point in our history. This year, we celebrate our 45th anniversary and we are poised to both expand and better serve our community by developing new programming and collaborating with more organizations across the region. In order to effectively prepare, plan, and implement for our next chapter, we must build on our strong foundation and history and ensure we have the resources available to deliver high quality experiences in the arts. At Sweetwater, we are honored to enrich thousands of lives each year, in Sewickley and beyond, through the transformative power of the arts. The first step to Sweetwater’s next generation is right before us and the possibilities are endless!
We are kicking off our 45th anniversary celebration with Colonnade, a light installation by local artist Ian Brill. It will be on display in the windows of our center.
Keep checking back for upcoming events in celebration of our 45th anniversary!
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.