The 'Play Me, I'm Yours' project has been installed in cities like Paris, London, New York, and now, it's coming to Mesa. The Mesa Arts Center is heading up the operation, hoping to bring the community together through music and access, but they need the public's help. "Wanting to kind of get out, interact with the arts in the streets and mesa is the perfect place to do this," said Project Manager, Megan Tracy.
According to Casey Blake, Director of Public Relations with the Mesa Arts Center, "we'll have pianos everywhere in the community, these 24 pianos placed all over downtown Mesa and near community landmarks." This will be the first time the international art installation project, 'Plat Me, I'm Yours' comes to Arizona.
"This is the most exciting project I've ever worked on," said Tracy. Local artists will take old, donated pianos and transform them into works of art. "I love the idea of arts integration and art being everywhere," said artist, Kyllam Mamey.Each artist is paired up with a local community group to design the piano in a way that represents some sort of initiative.
"You're engaging the community in ways they otherwise might not be engaged," said Jennifer Gastelum with community group Creative Catalysts.
Once the pianos are transformed, they will be placed somewhere outside on the streets of Mesa. Then, it's really up to the public to play, to dance, to enjoy music 24/7.
"I hope that it's an opportunity to practice your own creativity or experience some creativity that you might not have known was right around the corner in your own community," said Blake. The project will hit the streets in the spring but they're in need of about 10 more pianos – you can help!
"Generous people who have pianos that are playable but are maybe collecting a little bit of dust, nobody plays them anymore and they want to see them have a new life," said Tracy. Be part of a community project hoping to breathe new life into the streets of downtown Mesa, one note at a time.
Donate a piano:
Do you have a piano not getting played and yearning for an exciting performance opportunity?Mesa Arts Center is looking for 20-24 playable pianos to use in the internationally recognized Play Me, I'm Yours public art event. Consider donating your piano today and help bring art and music to the streets of Mesa, AZ. Download the Mesa Street Pianos Call for Pianos for more information.
Become a sponsor:
Street Pianos Mesa is seeking sponsors for this exciting project. Several sponsorships still available. MORE information:Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 480-644-6621.
Join us for these special events:
Friday, February 26, 2016
Mesa Arts Center Foundation Annual Gala
World Premiere Musical Composition for 24 Pianos
Tickets Available Now: www.mesaartscenter.com or 480.644.6500
Saturday February 27, 2016 from 2:00-5:00pm for the FREE Public Kickoff Event where all 24 pianos will be together for one day only at the Mesa Arts Center