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A City Wide Initiative Brings Pianos Outdoors For The Start Of Summer

Caitlin Horsfield Caitlin Horsfield

A City Wide Initiative Brings Pianos Outdoors For The Start Of Summer
Pianos are popping up all over NYC, from parks and gardens, to boardwalks and street-corners!

It’s that time of year again. Sing For Hope a non-profit that uses the arts as an outreach program to hospitals and city public schools, is bringing back their annual outdoor piano program.

These vibrantly painted, used upright pianos will be set up in high-traffic locations across all five boroughs and are open to everyone to play. Feel free to try them out any day, except of course if it’s raining. And what happens on those pesky rainy days you might ask? Well, a city wide brigade of “piano buddies” are actually on call to head out to cover them with their specially fitted piano rain jacket.

The idea of public use pianos is nothing new. Sing for Hope began planting pianos in NYC in 2006 and cities across the world have been supporting such initiatives for years. At the end of their stint in the city, the pianos will ultimately be donated to public schools where, founder Camille Zamore says, they can do the most good.

Check out a little more about Sing for Hope and this awesome public art project below:

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Featured image: cbsnews.com

Tags: Music, nyc