Ways to Support Sweetwater

For over four decades, the place that people throughout the region have discovered to create, experience, and celebrate the arts is our very own Sweetwater Center for the Arts.

Our story began in 1975 when a group of friends and neighbors in Sewickley came together to open an arts center where they could study and create art together. Over the years, our community has grown, and we have transformed to become a regional hub that offers more than 400 classes, 6 gallery exhibitions, 10 musical performances, and countless artist lectures, auctions, and experiences in the arts. We also have a robust outreach program, further expanding our community through partnerships with more than 10 organizations in three counties.

Sweetwater is at a turning point in our history. Next year, we will celebrate our 45th anniversary and we are poised to both expand and better serve our community by developing new programming and collaborating with more organizations across the region. In order to effectively prepare, plan, and implement for our next chapter, we must build on our strong foundation and history and ensure we have the resources available to deliver high quality experiences in the arts.

At Sweetwater, we are honored to enrich thousands of lives each year, in Sewickley and beyond, through the transformative power of the arts. We hope you are as excited about our future as we are, and we respectfully invite you to invest in our success. The first step to Sweetwater’s next generation is right before us and the possibilities are endless!

You can further advance all of our initiatives and support the great, artistic work taking place in our community by making a contribution to our annual fund. We’re asking you to help us lay the foundation for an elevated and stronger Sweetwater, where we'll continue to build our programs in a sophisticated way.

When we can work together in partnership, committed to inspire the artist in everyone throughout our community, we lay the groundwork for advancement as an institution and as a society.

THANK YOU for your continued support and dedication!

Community Arts
Education Fund

Invest in the future of children and families in our community and help us to spread awareness of the importance of arts education in a child's life. At Sweetwater, we thrive when our students do. Helping artists of all ages and backgrounds reach their full potential is central to our vision.

Sweetwater is honored to be a part of so many multi-generational families in the community. Our goal with launching the Community Arts Education Fund is that we will continue to thrive as a cultural hub for many more years to come! With your continued support, we can expand our outreach programming, develop new audiences, and build more inclusive and accessible programming at Sweetwater! Give a tax-deductible gift to the arts today!


Sweetwater also continues to offer every student who wishes to attend a class the opportunity to do so through the Arthur L. “Tui” and Ann Coburn Memorial Scholarship Fund. We believe that everyone, regardless of their financial ability, should have access to quality arts education. Experiences in the arts assist in building self-esteem, develop creative potential and instill problem solving skills - all of which help prepare for better futures and productive roles within the communities.

If you would like to become a major donor or are interested in a Legacy Gift, please contact us at 412-741-4405 or email us with the link below.


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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