MAVUNO Festival of African American Arts & Culture

24 years ago, Black artists and educators from our community approached Sweetwater with the idea to host the MAVUNO Festival of African American Art & Culture. It was a great success and we have been celebrating together every year since! Each fall, MAVUNO offers a variety of events, exhibitions, classes and workshops that focus on visual art, music, poetry and dance.

For 2020, we are moving MAVUNO outside and online. This year’s MAVUNO will reveal the story of African Americans in the Sewickley Valley with the Sewickley Black History Self-Guided Tour. This self-guided tour will offer a view into the past, highlighting the accomplishments and adversities of Sewickley’s African Americans, intertwined with historical and personal accounts from members of the community.

Black Art Matters: Revisiting 10 Years of MAVUNO Exhibitions

We will also look back at the history of MAVUNO with the virtual exhibition, Black Art Matters: Revisiting 10 years of MAVUNO exhibitions. Art works will be on view at This gathering of exceptional and poignant artworks will give you the chance to revisit, or see for the first time, the amazing talent of Black artists in our community.

Sewickley Black History Self-Guided Tour

Thank you to our 2020 MAVUNO sponsor The Sewickley Eye Group and Ameriprise, as well as our community partners, The Sewickley Community Center, The Sewickley Valley Historical Society, Tull Family Theater and the Sewickley Public Library.


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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