Feb 27, 2013
Darcy Kucenic, who graduated in 2000 from the Master of Arts Management program at Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College, was recently honored with her own day by the City of Pittsburgh. Mayor Luke Ravenstahl officially proclaimed February 7, 2013 as “Darcy Kucenic Day.”
The recognition was due to Kucenic’s work as manager of education and operations for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and as the organizer of Highmark First Night Pittsburgh, the annual and premiere New Year’s Eve event in the city. For the past two years, Kucenic has been organizing the First Night festivities, which include 150-plus events at more than 40 different indoor and outdoor locations, and she’s looking forward to her third round at the end of this year.
“I got the call completely out of the blue,” said Kucenic about hearing she was going to have a day named after her. “At first it felt weird, but I’m extremely happy about the honor.”
Kucenic credits the MAM degree and her time at Heinz College for preparing her for the daily challenges she faces at her job and in her preparation for First Night.
“After graduating from Heinz, I couldn’t help but feel very well prepared,” said Kucenic. “The MAM program was wonderful at encompassing all aspects of arts organizations and how to run them, from fund raising, to marketing, to finance, and beyond.
She also credits Heinz College for its support of students when it comes to finding careers related to their field of study.
“Thanks to the network at Heinz College, I graduated in May and in July I had a job,” Kucenic said.
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