Around the world, and right here in Bloomington, the piano is the focal point of a renaissance in community art and creative place-making as musicians, and arts organizers bring the “grand” instrument to the people.
Next week, The Giving Piano Initiative will place a beautiful Bosendorfer grand, about to retire from its performance career, in the Bloomington Transit Center for a series of concerts and open performances, showcasing music, and musicians, of all kinds.
The week-long celebration features two daily time slots for free public performances: 12-2 pm is an open call for anyone who wishes to perform and 4-6 pm includes scheduled performances by various Indiana University students and community partners. Bloomington community members are also invited to perform at any other time, while the Transit Center is open during the week.
Here are a few of the many exciting and innovative projects in “public piano” happening around the country, and across the globe:
Sing for Hope Pianos places artist-designed pianos throughout NYC’s parks and public spaces for anyone and everyone to play each summer. After their time on the streets, Sing for Hope transports the instruments to NYC public schools, where they become hubs for ongoing creative programs.
In Fort Collins, Colorado, Pianos About Town (a collaboration between the City, Downtown Development Authority, and a local Foundation) brings local art and spontaneous music to the streets.
A collaboration of two multi-disciplinary artists, Sunset Piano invites local musicians and the public to play under the open sky along the Northern California Coast.
Street Pianos has taken the movement global with more than 1,800 pianos in 55 cities, reaching more than 10 million people worldwide.
*For more information on how you can participate in the Giving Piano Initiative in Bloomington, email: email@example.com
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