Dear Sweetwater Friends & Families,
We have some exciting news to share with you! Sweetwater Center for the Arts will officially re-open, for a modified summer schedule, on Monday, July 6, 2020!
We have been waiting for the day to send out this message, and we’re so happy that the day has arrived!
Since Allegheny County moved into the Green Phase, we began working through the recommendations from the CDC and PA Dept. of Health to create a plan to re-open and commence in person opportunities at Sweetwater. Our leadership was part of a group of 50 other arts and culture organizations across the region to develop policies and best practices. We’ve been in touch with our neighbors and friends on what they’re doing to ensure a safe and healthy return.
Sweetwater has instituted the following Health & Safety Practices as recommended from the CDC and in collaboration with local arts and culture organizations:
Important policies to remember when coming to Sweetwater:
We have updated our website to include more detailed information on what WE’RE DOING to re-open safely, and what WE’RE ASKING our students and visitors to do when returning to Sweetwater.
The same as years past, we will be sending out Summer Permission Forms. These revised forms will include all of the new policies and procedures for our day-to-day camp schedule.
Registration is now open for summer camps!
Please check the schedule on the website to sign-up or feel free to call the office for assistance in registration.
We are compiling a list of Frequently Asked Questions which will be posted to the website and sent via email later this week. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
Thank you, so much, from the bottom of our hearts for sticking with us over the last 3 months. We are so excited to welcome you back and to make art with you again!
All my best,
Sweetwater is back! We are excited to begin the process of reopening our Center and have been working quickly and thoughtfully to create a safe environment for our staff, instructors, artists, students and guests to our building and events. We will be opening our doors again to the public on July 6 and offer a variety of summer camps and our Summer Sweet Jazz Series to kick off our re-opening.
Registration is now open for summer camps! Please check the schedule on the website to sign-up or feel free to call the office for assistance in registration.
We are providing 6 weeks of different camps in the morning and afternoon with opportunities for teen and children.
The first camp starts July 6 - register now to save your spot!
We are ready to get back out on the town and experience live music and great times together, with some distance!
Considering the safety of our guests and artists, we have moved the location of our Summer Sweet Jazz Music Series OUTSIDE.
Join us Thursday nights for live jazz (7:00 to 9:00PM) at Club Thaw in Bell Acres. (Address will be provided at time of reservation/payment).
With the change of venue, we are able to expand our attendance for these concerts. We ask for a $25 donation per person / children 12 and under are free. The concerts will take place rain or shine.
Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets and personal beverages. Water and light snacks will be provided. Social distancing will be required and monitored by Sweetwater staff and volunteers. There is plenty of space to adhere to the desired 6 feet from your nearest neighbor.
Parking is free and on-site; please follow the directions of the SCA staff. We are asking attendees to please be respectful and mindful to follow guidelines to ensure safety for all.
Join us for a night of great music, we’ve missed you!
The online store will be from July 1 – July 15, 2020.
Our annual Spring LUXE is now SUMMER Luxe and will be totally online!
Support Sweetwater Center for the Arts this Summer and shop finely crafted artisan jewelry at Summer LUXE! The two-week online pop-up boutique will feature handmade jewelry of all styles and price points and is a fundraiser for the Center.
We hope you consider browsing and shopping to help support us to recover from our closure and sustain our programs for the remainder of the year!
For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-741-4405
As we re-open, Sweetwater follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the PA Department of Health to ensure the health and safety of students, parents/guardians, instructors, staff and guests. You may find links below to resources utilized to formulate the below policies and procedures. We will continue to monitor Covid-19 and update policies and procedures as needed.
Sweetwater is committed to the following to minimize the risk of COVID-19:
We ask the visitors and students do their part to minimize the risk of COVID-19:
We are asking anyone to STAY AT HOME if you are feeling sick:
Ceramics Studio Policies
Sweetwater Ceramics Studio Policies
Kilns will be fired routinely throughout the session. Projects can be expected within two-three weeks.
Last day to work in wet clay will be two weeks prior to your last class in order to ensure that all pieces are fired in time.
The bottoms of your work must have: Your name AND your class code!
Please pick up your pieces within a month after your last class:
Please keep the studio clean:
Sweetwater will not fire any clay or glaze that is brought in by students/renters. Everyone must use the clay and glazes provided by the studio ONLY:
Sweetwater recycles clay on a minimal basis: COVID-19 UPDATE – SWEETWATER WILL NOT BE RECLAIMING CLAY
IF YOU DO NOT RECLAIM YOUR OWN CLAY, PLEASE THROW IT IN THE TRASH. DO NOT PUT IN BINS!
Purchasing clay from Sweetwater:
Sweetwater tools and equipment: COVID-19 UPDATE – ALL RAGS SHOULD BE PUT INTO DIRTY RAG BIN AFTER USE.
DO NOT RINSE AND HANG RAGS TO DRY. DO NOT USE WEDGING TABLE AT ALL.
Sweetwater Ceramics Studio Policies for COVID-19 Safety
DO NOT USE THE WEDGING TABLE
DO NOT PUT CLAY IN OUR COMMUNITY RECLAIM BINS
ONLY ON PERSON AT A SINK AT A TIME
Please announce to the room you are going to the sink before getting up.
Communication with your classmates is key to keeping social distancing.
WASH YOUR HANDS
DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE
WEAR YOUR MASK
STAY 6 FEET AWAY FROM INSTRUCTOR AND CLASSMATES
THE STUDIO WILL BE DISINFECTED BETWEEN CLASSES AND RENTALS.
When an item is ready to be fired place it on the appropriate shelf in the kiln room. DO NOT touch or move any other pieces on theses shelves.
The bottoms of your work must have: Your name AND your class code!
As Always Please Keep the Studio Clean:
We will NOT recycle ANY clay at this time. DO NOT put your reclaim clay in the bins!!!
Sweetwater tools and equipment:
Please clean up after yourself. Stay safe for yourself and others!
New Operations Policies
Daily Opening Procedures
Daily Closing Procedures
Managing Visitor Capacity
Minimizing Contact During Admissions Process
Communicating with Visitors about Policies
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.