INDIANAPOLIS — Local artists transformed 20 pianos into interactive, playable pieces of art accessible in key locations throughout Indianapolis and Carmel, August 1-18. Led by local thirty 6-12th grade students, Women’s Fund GO Ahead & Play is a public art project designed to bring music to public spaces, and make arts accessible to the community. Located on the streets, in parks, on trails, at museums, and at community centers, the pianos are available for any member of the public to play and enjoy. By creating a place to play, Women’s Fund GO Ahead & Play invites the public to engage with, interact and enjoy these creatively designed pieces of art. For more information and a list of piano locations, visit womensfund.org.
On the east side, the Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center, 727 N. Oriental will host a piano designed by artist Pam Fraizer. The piano’s artwork honors Indiana native Hoagy Carmichael, and features three songs that he either recorded, composed or co-wrote. In Fountain Square, artist Cathy Morris created the Faces of Indy Jazz piano that will be located at the intersection of Shelby, Prospect, and Virginia Avenues. Check out Angie Brooks’ piano Colorful Melody at the intersection of Mass Ave. and E. Vermont St. The Beautiful Guardian piano, designed by Charity Counts, will be on display at the Forest Mano Multi-Service Center, 5603 E. 38th Street.
Each piano has been painted and decorated by an artist. Each tells a story. Each invites the public to play.
“It has been exciting to watch the enthusiasm, passion and commitment of the students leading this project – the time and energy they have dedicated to the success of GO Ahead & Play is remarkable,” said Jennifer Pope Baker, executive director, Women’s Fund of Central Indiana. “After more than a year of hard work by the students and volunteers, and with generous support by artists and our corporate partners, it will be exciting to see these pianos on the streets for our community to enjoy.”
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