Published on September 6th, 2013 | by gatsbyadmin0
Play Out with Your Keys to the City
Returning to Denver for a fifth year in a row, Your Keys to the City piano project has been back in full swing all summer long. Created by the Downtown Denver Partnership, ten hand-painted pianos were placed along the 16th Street Mall, granting a musical outlet to anyone who wishes to take their fingers for a spin.
The pianos were individually designed by local artists, giving them different looks from block to block along the Mall.
According to Examiner.com, the Downtown Denver Partnership’s President & CEO Tami Door claimed, “Our ability to showcase the talents of local artists through this program has also been invaluable. There is so much creative talent in our community—Your Keys to the City is helping us share this.”
Denver isn’t the only city promoting piano-playing to the public. Over the past few years, the idea has spread to cities around the U.S. and Europe. One of the largest providers comes from the ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ project created by Luke Jerram. This year, the pianos were placed in Monterey, Cleveland, Omaha, Boston, Munich, Geneva, and Paris. One goal of the project is to provide access to instruments for musicians that otherwise would rarely get a chance to play. In addition, the project’s website claims that “Street Pianos are designed to provoke people into engaging, activating and claiming ownership of their urban landscape. Like a musical equivalent of Facebook, Street Pianos, together with this website, provide an interconnected resource for the public to express themselves.” After display, the pianos get donated to local schools and community organizations.
Here in Colorado, pianos also found themselves on the streets of Grand Junction. Earlier this summer, pianos were placed on Grand Junction’s Main Street thanks to the Grand Junction Commission on Arts & Culture. Their Keys to the City project was open to the public, in addition to a few scheduled performers during the month of May.
Denver’s Your Keys to the City began in May of this year and will continue until September. Thanks to all those who made music in the streets this summer!