On Monday, Jun. 6, the Sing For Hope debuted 50 pianos at 28 Liberty Plaza. The Sing For Hope Pianos program has placed 286 public instruments throughout NYC, making the city host to more street pianos than any other in the world.
Each year, Sing For Hope selects local and international artists to create pianos that are placed in parks and other public spaces for two weeks during the summer. Anyone and everyone is invited to play. This year, through a special partnership with the New York City Department of Education, Sing For Hope will then place all of the Sing For Hope Pianos in permanent homes in New York City public schools, benefiting thousands of New York City school children. One piano, designed by Eric and Jessie James Decker, will be donated to one of the New York-area veterans’ care centers where Sing For Hope provides year-round arts programming.
During Monday’s unveiling, singer and actress Lea Salonga, along with student musicians from Sing For Hope’s programs, took the stage with a wonderful musical performance.
One of the completed Sing For Hope Pianos will remain on the 28 Liberty Plaza for public use from Jun. 9 to Jun. 19, while the other pianos will be available for use in other public spaces throughout the five boroughs.