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Historical Pittsburghers On The Move First Night® Project 'Transcends' to Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH, PA-May 1, 2002. Better read up on famous Pittsburghers before heading out to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - you might bump into one of them during your next visit.

Throughout the month of May, life-sized sculptures of historical Pittsburgh figures such as Andrew Carnegie, H.J. Heinz, Joe Negri and Andrew Mellon will be on display at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Sponsored by the Dominion Foundation, these sculptures were created for last New Year's Eve in a project called Transcend Pittsburgh. They are being moved for the public to view at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Main, Woods Run, Lawrenceville, East Liberty, Beechview, Homewood and Library Center, downtown. They will resume their regular appearance duties during First Night® Pittsburgh 2003 in December. For more information about these famous Pittsburghers, please contact the Pennsylvania Department at 412.622.3154.

Transcend Pittsburgh was first showcased during the First Night® Pittsburgh 2002 New Years activities and will continue to be on display with new additions for years to come. President of First Night® Pittsburgh Jamee Todd said, "We appreciate the great partnerships we've shared with community organizations such as the History Center and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and are looking forward to even more."

Led by art teacher Thressia Byrnes-Kriebel, students at Avonworth Elementary School and other Pittsburgh public schools produced the artwork and wrote essays to create this miniature city of Pittsburghers. The purpose of the project was to show the history and growth of Pittsburgh, and how children can be a part of the fabric of the city. "One of a number of increased community outreach efforts, project Transcend Pittsburgh is an example of First Night® Pittsburgh being not just a one-night celebration, but rather a year-long program culminating on New Year's Eve in Dowtown Pittsburgh. We are hoping to do even more community outreach programs in the future so that First Night® Pittsburgh will have more of an impact on communities throughout the year," Todd explained.

The objective of First Night® is to recapture the symbolic passage of the old year to the new; to unite the community through a shared cultural celebration; and to strengthen and deepen the public's appreciation of the visual and performing arts.

First Night® Pittsburgh is in its ninth year, and its mission is rooted in these objectives by bringing them to life in an innovative, diverse and high-quality program designed to offer the community a shared cultural experience that is accessible and affordable to all.

In 1998, First Night® Pittsburgh, Inc., was incorporated as an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with the sole responsibility of producing the annual New Year's Eve event, First Night® Pittsburgh.

Funding for the event is provided by Pittsburgh area corporations, foundations, public agencies, and non-profit cultural and civic groups.

For more information, please contact Michelle Fisher at 412.622.3102.

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