Ms. Gloria Blake:
Wall of Cultural Pride

"The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh to Dedicate Wall of Cultural Pride."
September 27, 1993......The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh invites the public to the dedication of the Wall of Cultural Pride on Saturday, October 2, 1993 at 1 p. m. at the West End Branch Library, Wabash and Neptune Streets.

The creation of the wall, a mural made of 12 wooden panels depicting the ethnic cultures of Pittsburgh's West Side communities, was undertaken this summer by a group of eight high school students from the west side of Pittsburgh. This impressive piece of multicultural art, created around the theme "knowledge of a culture is the key," has been hung on the outside wall of The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Bookmobile garage located in the heart of the city's West End.

"I loved being involved in the evolution of this piece of art. It is one of the best experiences I have ever had in my life. I feel like I've given birth," said Marlene Demarest, project director and Head Librarian of the West End Branch Library.

Student artists, led by renowned Pittsburgh artist, Robert Qualters, artistic coordinator for the project, included: Charles Baux, Alex Foulds, Janice Kelly, Rebecca Hershberger, Lester Holmes, Parris Hugley, Maileah Vue and Teng Vue.
Project funds were provided by The Pittsburgh Foundation/Howard Heinz Endowment Multi-Cultural Arts Initiative and Open Doors.

--Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh News Release.

Last updated: 11 May 1999.

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