Celebrity Series Announces Locations for Street Pianos Boston
Since July, sixty local artists have been hard at work, painting the pianos that will line the streets as part of the popular art installation Play Me, I'm Yours, conceived by international public artist Luke Jerram. Today, fulfilling a commitment to place a piano in each of Boston's 23 neighborhoods and select Cambridge locations, Celebrity Series announced the 60 locations of the pianos and the 75 collaborating organizations participating in Street Pianos Boston. Each piano will feature a simple invitation: "Play Me, I'm Yours".
"Street Pianos Boston embodies the Celebrity Series vision that the arts are for everyone and that all people should have the opportunity to participate," said Gary Dunning, Celebrity Series President and Executive Director. "After more than a half million Bostonians participated in Street Pianos in 2013, we knew we wanted to bring back this city-wide installation that activates public space and engages the public with the joy of live performance."
There will be two pianos located in Allston/Brighton, one at the Harvard Ed Portal, and another located at Athan's Bakery on Washington Street. In Fenway-Kenmore, pianos will be found at the Fenway Community Center, Boston University's George Sherman Union, the Christian Science Plaza, Fenway Park, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
In the Back Bay and Beacon Hill neighborhoods, visitors and residents will be able to tickle the ivories at Berklee College of Music, the Boston Architectural College, The Prudential Center, the Boston Public Library, King's Chapel, and the Massachusetts State House.
Across the river in Cambridge, pianos will be found at North Plaza and Kendall Plaza, both in Kendall Square. Other pianos will be located in Jill Brown-Rhone Park in Central Square, Brattle Plaza in Harvard Square, Longy School of Music in Harvard Square, Lesley University's Lunder Arts Center in Porter Square, and the Harvard University Science Center Plaza.
Each piano will be hosted by a local partner who has committed to acting as a "piano buddy", which includes covering the piano in inclement weather, reporting any damages and locking the keyboard at night during the two weeks of the installation.
There will be five pianos in Dorchester, including at the Boys & Girls Club of Dorchester at Savin Hill, Codman Square Park, Fields Corner, Lena Park CDC and at the Carruth building by the Ashmont T station. Those in South Boston will be able to sing along at the Boston Children's Museum, Castle Island, the Innovation and Design Building, and District Hall.
Pianos will be found in Chinatown-Leather District at Chinatown Park on the Rose Kennedy Greenway and at the Citi Wang Theater. Downtown, pianos will dot the plazas at City Hall and Downtown Crossing, in Reader's Park, Faneuil Hall's Quincy Marketplace, Post Office Square, Dewey Square Park, Rowes Wharf Plaza, and the Greenway Carousel.
Jamaica Plain will have pianos at J.P. Licks on Centre Street and near the boathouse on Jamaica Pond. In Mattapan, commuters will find the piano near the Mattapan T station. In Roxbury, pianos will be heard at the Dudley Café and The Stonehenge at Egleston Square.
"It is important to Celebrity Series that Street Pianos Boston once again reflects and showcases the diversity of this city in as many ways as possible. The artists, piano locations, and community partners were selected to celebrate and engage with every neighborhood in the city of Boston. We are working with talented artists of all ages and backgrounds, and partner organizations that range from the largest cultural institutions to small community organizations. The locations are in parks, plazas, near T stations, and on sidewalks - all in locations where Bostonians from every neighborhood will encounter, listen, and play the pianos," said Dunning.
In the South End, Bay Village and Mission Hill neighborhoods, pianos will be placed in Statler Park, Childe Hassam Park, and O'Day Park by the Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, as well as at Brigham Circle, and the Boston Center for the Arts.
Over in Charlestown, pianos will ring out at the Bunker Hill Mall and the Charlestown Navy Yard. In the North End and the West End, pianos will be found at the Old North Church, the North End Park on the Greenway, and at the Museum of Science.
Finally, in Hyde Park, Roslindale and West Roxbury, pianos will be placed at the Hyde Park Community Center, in Adams Park, and at the Roche Bros. Plaza. A full list of all the locations, host and partner organizations, and visual artists can be found atwww.streetpianosboston.org. An interactive mobile map for locating all 60 pianos can be found by downloading the free Beam.in app on iOS at http://streetpianosboston.beam.in.