Pittsburgh’s NAP Celebrates the City’s Rich History for their Bicentennial

"Reflection in Yellow"; Arion Grzeuk; Professional; Painting; Employee; Fire Bureau

"Reflection in Yellow"; Arion Grzeuk; Professional; Painting; Employee; Fire Bureau

Pittsburgh celebrates the 200th anniversary of its incorporation as a city this year. The Bicentennial is a time to acknowledge Pittsburgh’s great triumphs, from innovations that created mighty industries to world class medical and educational facilities. They have also overcome severe economic challenges. The City of Pittsburgh has a unique convergence of three rivers, and a rich culture that is reflected in every corner. Mayor Peduto asked that everyone in the city celebrate this historic occasion, and invited community organizations to get involved too. So, this year for their 17th Annual National Arts Program® “ARTWorks” Exhibit the Parks and Recreation Department encouraged participants to explore the rich history of the city in their works and to reflect back their experiences living in the Steel City. This theme resonates throughout the exhibit which includes 154 pieces of art prominently displayed in the majestic City County Building’s main hall.

The Mayor and many other officials celebrated the artists at the April 26th award ceremony and reception which nearly 250 people attended. The reception was a wonderful evening and included history, music, food and an exciting awards presentation. Each year the Department of Parks and Recreation organizes an amazing showcase and a dynamic reception that celebrates the art of their city.