The Sing for Hope Pianos are back, with an aim to bring music and art to the New York public school system.
The charitable organization, in collaboration with the City of New York, will bring 50 pianos to different parks and public spaces throughout the five boroughs for two weeks beginning June 9. The program is a public arts installation designed to make music accessible to the community. The organization helps to place the pianos after their street residency to under-resourced schools, hospitals and community centers. This year, it partnered with the New York City Department of Education to place all 2016 pianos in the city’s public schools, according to the organization’s cofounder, Monica Yunus.
A unique feature of the program is the individual designs of each piano, done by artists and designers. Participants in the 2016 program include American fashion photographer Bruce Weber; Lebanese haute couture designer Georges Chakra; singer Jessie James Decker and her husband Eric Decker of the New York Jets; Nathan Sykes, formerly of British boy band The Wanted; singer Greyson Chance, and the cast of the Broadway show “Fun Home.” Designers and celebrities who have participated in the program in the past include John Varvatos, Isaac Mizrahi, Kate Spade, Diane von Furstenberg and media executive Arianna Huffington.
The charitable organization is in its ninth year, while the piano program is in its fifth year. The 2016 pianos are all uprights, with the exception of one baby grand.
A launch event is set for Monday, all day, at 28 Liberty Plaza, courtesy of Fosun.