Want to help? Sweetwater wouldn't be able to provide the high-quality arts education and cultural programming without the help of our volunteers! There are a wide variety of opportunities available to suit all schedules and skill sets! Volunteers earn $6 per hour toward classes at Sweetwater*.

* Volunteers may apply earned hours to up to 50% of the total cost of any class (i.e., if a class costs $200 and the volunteer has accrued $300 earned hours, the volunteer may only apply $100 to the class. The remaining accrued hours may be carried over to apply to other classes.)

SCA policy requires all volunteers (Ages 18 or older) to have all three background checks completed.

  • Clearances that have been obtained in PA within the past 60 months (5 years) are acceptable and considered current.
  • Clearances obtained for employment purposes are acceptable for volunteer purposes.

ACT 34 Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check

Cost: $0

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ACT 151 Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance

Cost: $0

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ACT 114 FBI Criminal Record History Background Check

Cost: $21.40

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Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Sweetwater Center for the Arts! Below are instructions for applying to volunteer. Please feel free to contact us by email (click below) or call us with any questions.

All documents must be completed and submitted to Sweetwater before you can schedule your first volunteer assignment. A copy of all confidential documents will be maintained by Sweetwater. Please email the completed volunteer application and the results of the PA State Police Check and PA Child Abuse Check to info@sweetwaterartcenter.org. Please ensure your FBI results are mailed directly to Sweetwater Center for the Arts, Attention: Volunteer Office, 200 Broad Street, Sewickley PA 15143. Once the application and all clearances are received, we will contact you to schedule a meeting to discuss opportunities. Sweetwater does not pay for the FBI Fingerprinting clearance. Once obtained, we are pleased to make a copy for ourselves and provide you the original which may be used to volunteer elsewhere.

FBI Fingerprint Registration Instructions: (#3)

*Click on the blue box on the top right of the screen “Get Fingerprinted”
*Select the state – “Pennsylvania”
*Click GO
*Scroll down and click “Digital Fingerprinting”
*Enter the Code:
PA Dept. of Education – 1KG738
*Click on “Schedule or Manage Appointment”
*Complete the online questionnaire to re-enroll

To complete process, take form and government issued photo ID (valid driver's license) to your preferred fingerprint site.

  Download Volunteer Application

Questions about volunteering?

Please contact our office with any additional questions.

Other Opportunities at Sweetwater

Employment Information

Sweetwater is looking for dedicated people with a passion for the arts! Click below to view current employment opportunities at Sweetwater.

Current Openings

Scholarship Information

Scholarships are available for adults and children demonstrating financial need. Scholarships are sponsored by the Allegheny Regional Asset District (ARAD), The Clarke Family Foundation and the generous support of individuals via the Arthur L. Coburn III Memorial Scholarship Fund.

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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 Sponsors an event.
$750 Covers building operational costs, upkeep, and preservation.
$500 Provides technology updates and improvements.
$400 Aids Outreach Programs for at-risk youth and underserved communities.
$250 Sponsors a teaching artist.
$100 Supports the purchases of ceramic studio glazes and supplies.
$50 Provides one art supply package for classes and workshops.

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