Greensburg, PA (July 19, 2021) – Mount Pleasant will be the next location for Westmoreland Cultural Trust’s Wings Across Westmoreland countywide initiative with an unveiling ceremony planned for Saturday, July 24 at 10 AM at the Mount Pleasant Public Library (120 S Church Street).

The Wings Across Westmoreland project was inspired by artwork from Westmoreland Cultural Trust Incubator artist Patrick Mahoney. He created a pair of wings with iconic imagery of the city of Greensburg including The Palace Theatre and the county courthouse for WCT’s Art in the Alley, an art initiative located between The Palace Theatre and The Union Trust Building. The wings sparked popularity and interest on social media using the hashtag #WCTWings which inspired the Trust to expand the concept to other towns across Westmoreland County featuring artwork unique to each location.

Westmoreland Cultural Trust CEO April Kopas looks forward to adding the seventh community to the “Wings Across Westmoreland” initiative. “The Wings Across Westmoreland collection is a fun and accessible way to learn of a town’s history through art. Community conversations help shape the Wings and inspire dialogue to continue well beyond the installation,” stated Kopas. “We love that this project celebrates each community’s individuality, but unites the county through art.”

Former Mount Pleasant Free Public Library Board President Stacy DiPasquale was instrumental in having the wings land in the borough, which acquired the nickname “Helltown” during the Whiskey Rebellion. “The library seemed to be the perfect location given its proximity to Frick Park, the Mount Pleasant Borough Building, the fire department, and Main Street. The library is a beloved place for residents. It provides needed services, stellar programming for children and adults, and is a safe place for people to gather.”

The community was given the opportunity to submit ideas via social media for iconic imagery that best represented the town with the top 15 chosen by DiPasquale to be included on the artwork. These ideas were then researched and drawn by original wings artist Patrick Mahoney and his daughter Riley Mahoney who continue to design each pair of wings.

Funding for the Mount Pleasant wings was provided by Michael J. and Aimee Rusinko Kakos. “Because of their generous support, we can display Mount Pleasant’s unique and rich history through art that everyone can enjoy,” added Westmoreland Cultural Trust CEO Kopas.

Mayor Gerald Lucia, Borough Manager Jeff Landy, Library Director Heidi Leeper, Former Library Board President Stacy DiPasquale, current board members, staff, and friends of the Mount Pleasant Library will be attending the unveiling.

As part of the installation ceremony, the library will be hosting an open house from 10 AM to 4 PM for community members to meet the new director, Heidi Leeper, and to acquaint them with library services and upcoming program events. Refreshments will be served.

“In my mind, the Wings have come to symbolize hope for the future of Westmoreland County as residents work together for the good of all,” commented Dr. Kathleen Ceroni, current Mount Pleasant Library Board President. “Thank you, Westmoreland Cultural Trust for giving us our wings.”

WCT’s Wings Across Westmoreland will continue to grow in 2021 with an additional installation planned in Vandergrift in August. Current locations include Greensburg (Art in the Alley), Overly’s Country Christmas, Jeannette (Sobel’s Obscure Brewery), Ligonier (Town Hall), Youngwood (Five Star Trail), and Smithton (Borough Building).


About Wings Across Westmoreland
Wings Across Westmoreland was inspired by artwork in WCT’s Art in the Alley located between The Palace Theatre and the Union Trust Building on North Main Street in Greensburg. WCT Incubator artist Patrick Mahoney created a pair of wings with iconic imagery of the city including The Palace Theatre and the county courthouse. Over the years, these wings gained popularity via social media by use of the hashtag #WCTWings. This inspired WCT to create a set of wings for other Westmoreland County cities to add beauty and art to the area and highlight what makes each town unique.

About the Westmoreland Cultural Trust
Westmoreland Cultural Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to stimulate cultural and economic development in the Westmoreland County region, to promote the performing arts; preserve and enhance the region’s assets for the benefit of the community.

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