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Sweetwater receives Heinz Endowments grant

SEWICKLEY — Sweetwater Center for the Arts in Sewickley has received grant approval from the Heinz Endowments to support the establishment of an Artist Council that will augment diversity and inclusion in its community-based programming, increase accessibility for local artists in the community, and offer high-quality arts programs to enhance awareness of the Center’s.

“Sweetwater Center for the Arts is extremely thankful for this funding from the Heinz Endowments. These funds will help us as we develop new structures and policies that focus on the development of artists in our community in an equitable and impactful way,” executive director Christine Brondyke said.

The grant will help to amplify opportunities for local artists and implement high-quality programs that showcase regional and even national artists. Funding will also be used to review policies, practices and procedures to ensure that they are equitable and align with Sweetwater Center’s mission as an artistic hub into the future.

“The funding will allow us to move forward with the creation of master classes that will bring in artists from around the country who want to train with masters,” Brondyke said.

Jazz series

The 2023 Sweet Jazz Series is underway with a menu of sweet sounds and delectable bites, thanks to Sewickley’s own Merrie Chef. The series, presented by Physician Financial, will feature a new menu selection to accompany the concerts, and began May, 12 with the Heidi Beatty Jazz Group. The concert was one of six that will be held at a beautiful private venue in Bell Acre Borough near Sewickley.

Upcoming shows include:

The Torh Trio, May 19

The Roger Barbour Jazz Trio, May 26

Roger Humphries and the RH Factor, June 2

RML Jazz, June 9

Etta Cox and Al Dowe, June 16

For all shows, doors open at 6 p.m. and the music begins at 7 p.m. Guests may bring camp chairs, blankets or anything else needed to be comfortable. The exact location will be provided following the ticket purchase. All guests will check in at the entrance. Seating is first come, first served. Events are BYOB (beer and wine only). Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for children ($40 at the door). Lawn parking is available.

Visit for ticket information and Merrie Chef menu selection.

Published on May 9, 2023
Written by Staff
Published by Trib
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