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The Wendi Miller Legacy Project

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My name is Cooper and I'm fundraising to honor my parent Wendi Miller. For 50 years she served the Pittsburgh arts community as a picture framer who never let someone's economic status hinder their creative spirit. She was also a human rights advocate that in the mid 1990s helped usher the law that prevents housing and job discrimination of transgendered people in the city. She turned her frame shop into a transitional housing for transgender refugees and for may successful years the frame shop was operated by only trans-women. She passed away on April, 6th 2023, two days before she was honored by the City Council with a proclamation of her contributions to the city.

Check out the archive in progress:

Short term goals:

  • Month long gallery exhibit showcasing her life, art and advocacy.
  • Custom gravestone celebrating her half century of picture framing and transgender activism, including a celebratory second line procession to her gravesite in Allegheny Cemetery.

Long Term fundraising goals:

  • Architectural plans, safety inspection, hazard removal for 6020 Centre.
  • Renovation to the Frameshop to allow for a future framer to support the Pittsburgh arts community.
  • LGBTQIA+BNB - Develop a supportive housing and job placement non-profit space for displaced LGBTQIA+ diaspora.


  • Stephen Winikoff
    • $50 
    • 9 mos
  • Richard Parsakian
    • $100 
    • 9 mos
  • Jack Ambrogi
    • $20 
    • 9 mos
  • Kris Rust
    • $50 
    • 9 mos
  • angela zarrilli
    • $10 
    • 9 mos


Cooper Miller
Pittsburgh, PA

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