The Sing for Hope street pianos are back! There are currently 88 beautiful pianos scattered across public spaces in New York City. The seemingly random amount pays homage to the 88 keys on each piano. Some are uprights, while others are grands, but all the pianos have been refurbished.
Once the installation is over on June 16, the pianos will be donated to community centers, health care facilities, and schools. And thanks to a generous donation from the Greek yogurt company Chobani, the piano project, now in its third year, is stronger than ever. The company designed two pianos, one located on Prince Street and one at the DUMBO Archway.
Unique Piano Designs
Many people came together to pull off this wonderful installation. Mega designer John Varvatos created the silver piano that sits in Lincoln Center, while the multicolored piano in Inwood Hill Park comes from "Project Runway" Season 9 winner Anya Ayoung Chee. Arianna Huffington and the Huffington Post team designed the piano in Thomas Jefferson Park. The Sing for Hope staff designed two pianos of their own, their youth chorus designed another, and their Sing for Hope studio piano is located in the George Walker Jr. Park. Each of the pianos has a special and unique design, so no two are exactly alike. You can view a full list of artists as well as the location of their pianos on the Sing for Hope site.
Where to Find the Pianos
So where can you find a piano to play? They're located in all five boroughs in a variety of popular spots, including Socrates Sculpture Park, Hudson River Park, Roosevelt Island, New York Public Library, and Central Park. Each of the special works of art has someone to take care of it while it's on display, especially during inclement weather.
The piano located in Soundview Park was stolen sometime between June 1-2, only one day after it was installed. The good news is that a replacement piano was put in its place.
Background on Sing for Hope
In 2006, Monica Yunus and Camille Zamora -- friends and Julliard graduates -- founded Sing for Hope in an effort to improve communities by combining the arts and volunteerism. The organization now has over 1,000 volunteers who believe in making the world better through the arts. Sing for Hope recently received a Congressional citation in honor of their work with the community.
Whether or not you have piano skills, everyone is welcome to tickle the ivories. To try your hand at playing before the installation is over on June 16, view the Sing for Hope map to find the piano nearest to you. You can also check out the Sing for Hope Facebook page for more information.
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