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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.

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5 Organizations Improving Arts Education In Pennsylvania

Studying art can be engaging and fulfilling for kids and adults alike. Taking the time for creative pursuits boosts creativity, relieves stress, and keeps the mind active. The organizations listed …

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Sweetwater Center for the Arts Presents Original Work By Frank Dininno

Sewickley, PA, March 6, 2019, Sweetwater Center for the Arts presents 16 original Frank Dininno paintings and drawings from the collection of Luke Ward, a Sewickley community member and art …

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MARKETPLACE Pittsburgh: Sweetwater Center for the Arts

PITTSBURGH — Based in Sewickley, Sweetwater Center for the Arts hosts a variety of programs and exhibits highlighting regional artists with a focus on art education and development for children …

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Sweetwater paints a new scene with the launch of Studio419

If the Old Sewickley Post Office — home of Sweetwater Center for the Arts — is the Mona Lisa, then Studio419 is Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans. Located in the …

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MAVUNO Festival of African American Arts & Culture

October 10 - November 7, 2020

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.

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Sewickley Black History Self-Guided Tour

October 10th - November 7th, 2020
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FALL for the ARTS Online Art Auction

November 9 – November 22, 2020
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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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