MAVUNO Festival

Throughout the fall, Sweetwater will be celebrating its annual MAVUNO Festival of African American Art and Culture. Mavuno comes from the Swahili for “harvest” and this year, we will be celebrating with a bountiful season of events, workshops, and an exhibition in our gallery.

Check back for details on the 2017 Mavuno Festival!

Our 2016 Mavuno Festival was a huge success.

Thank you to all that participated!
Below are details of last year's festival.



Thank you to Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell for an incredible and inspiring event!

Sweetwater Center for the Arts, in collaboration with the ToonSeum, presented two events with civil rights leader Congressman John Lewis and his March co-author Andrew Aydin, and illustrator Nate Powell on October 8. These events were made possible with generous support from the Pittsburgh Foundation and Carlow University.






Patterns of Injustice

September 23 - November 4, 2016

Patterns of Injustice is a multi-media exhibition organized and presented by the members of Women of Visions, Inc. in celebration of Women of Visions' 35th anniversary. The organization is a collective of African American female visual artists from the Pittsburgh region. In the exhibition themes of injustice and activism will be explored through various visual interpretations such as fiber, photography, painting, and clay. The exhibit will include a variety of artistic expressions to address the past and present disparities, injustices and societal ills that continue to impact communities locally, nationally, and globally. The art work is meant to question and respond to conflicts, but also to address ways to create healing through art. Reception is sponsored by The Pierians Inc.



African American Artists: Community, Collaboration & The Quest for Social Jusitce

Women of Visions, Inc. presents a lecture with Elizabeth Asche Douglas surveying past & present, connecting heritage, legacy & contemporary expression in regaurd to key social issues relative to African American culture.



Comics: Crash Course!

Graphic Novels: The Art of Sequence



Sweetwater would like to thank PNC Bank, Maggie and Chuck Setler and The Sewickley Eye Group, our 2016 Mavuno sponsors.  We would also like to thank our 2016 Mauvno Partners: Carlow University, The Toonseum, Sewickley Academy, The August Wilson Center, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and The Pittsburgh Foundation.