Sweetwater Center for the Arts will be open for our Fall session starting September 14th. Start registering for classes & workshops today! We will be open Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Our facility hours vary at this time - please contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 412-741-4405.
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 fall schedule, on Monday, September 14, 2020!
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.
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.
Registration is now open for Fall Session! Please check the schedule on the website to sign-up or feel free to call the office for assistance in registration.
We have multi-week and one-day workshop options, small class sizes, and more extra precautions in place to keep everyone safe & healthy!
Youth: Painting, Drawing, Ceramics and Mixed Media (in-person & online options)
Teen: Painting, Drawing, Ceramics and Mixed Media (in-person & online options)
Adult: Watercolor, Acrylics, Ceramics, Mixed Media, Screen-printing and Collage
(in-person & online options)
October 10 - November 7
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 Tour and Art Walk. This self-guided tour will offer a view into the past, highlighting the accomplishments and adversities of the Sewickley African American community, intertwined with new artworks from regional Black artists.
We will also look back at the history of MAVUNO with the virtual exhibition, Black Art Matters: Revisiting 10 years of MAVUNO exhibitions. Artworks will be on view at SweetwaterArtCenter.org. 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.
November 28 - December 19
Sweetwater’s annual Holiday Mart is a tradition in our community that we just can’t skip this year! After much consideration, we are planning to present Holiday Mart online in 2020. Log on and shop for unique, handcrafted gifts made by local artists! Holiday Mart has something for everyone on your list, in every price range. You’ll find artisan-made jewelry, knitwear, hats and scarfs, unique accessories, hand-thrown mugs and bowls, wall art, candles, cute aprons, great hostess gifts, teachers gifts, ornaments, cards, decorations and so much more!!
Holiday Mart is Sweetwater’s largest fundraiser for the year. And this year we need you more than ever! Support your local artists and your favorite local art center with one click! www.SweetwaterArtSale.org
Check back soon for information on corresponding promotions and our Virtual Preview Party!
For more information, please contact us at email@example.com 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!
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.