On July 17 Pianos in the Parks launched. This summer campaign, which runs through August 17, encourages Puget Sound residents to discover 32,000+ acres of City of Seattle and King County parks and open spaces through the power of music and art. Pianos in the Parks features 20 artistically enhanced pianos created by Gage Academy of Art faculty, students and friends, each placed in one of 15 iconic Seattle city parks and open spaces, such as Alki Park, Cal Anderson Park, and Seattle Center, and five King County Parks locations, including Marymoor Park and the Sammamish River Trail.
“Pianos in the Parks will enliven our parks and engage communities through the power of art and music,” said Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. Pianos in the Parks is being underwritten by Laird Norton Wealth Management, and was created in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation, King County Parks, the Seattle Symphony, KEXP, Gage Academy of Art, City of Music, and Classic Pianos.
Check out the launch day recap from Seattle’s Parks and Recreation, click here.
“This partnership is another way we’re improving the experience for our residents and visitors, and supporting local arts.” – King County Executive Dow Constantine.
“Artists and parks have always had a love affair – parks are a great place to make art, to see art, and to enjoy the company of our fellow citizens. We’re fortunate to live in a city that also loves its parks, and Gage Academy of Art is happy to lend its support to Pianos in the Parks – a visual and musical tribute to our open spaces that are welcome to everyone, forever.” – Gary Faigin, Co-founder and Artistic Director at Gage Academy of Art.
“Music discovery is quintessential to the continued development of our vibrant Northwest music scene,”- Tom Mara, Executive Director of KEXP.
At the end of the campaign, all Pianos in the Parks pianos will be sold to the highest bidder in an online auction on the officialwebsite: www.pianosintheparks.com, finding new forever homes. Proceeds from the sale of these pianos will benefit Seattle Parks and Recreation, King County Parks, Seattle Symphony, KEXP and Gage Academy of Art.