88 painted painos in all 5 boroughs

May 30, 2013 1:25:19 PM PDT
The streets of New York City will soon be filled with the sweet sounds of piano.

From June 1-16, 88 pianos will be placed throughout the five boroughs so that anyone and everyone can enjoy them, part of Sing for Hope's mission of "Art for All."

In the months leading up to the Sing for Hope Pianos, more than 100 artists were selected to customize the 88 pianos. The artist roster includes chair, president and editor-in-chief of Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington and her sister Agapi Stassinopoulos, as well as fashion designer John Varvatos, who all generously donated their time and creative spirit to design their pianos.

"As someone who found creative inspiration in the personal style of rock and roll icons, I truly appreciate the intersection between art and music that the Sing for Hope Pianos project creates and am honored to support them in their mission," said John Varvatos.

Following the public art project, the pianos will be donated to schools, hospitals and other local groups in the same communities as the installation so that they can enrich lives for years to come.

"The arts have the power to uplift us on a human level that we sometimes forget in our daily lives," said Camille Zamora and Monica Yunus, star sopranos and Co-Founders of Sing for Hope. "With Sing for Hope Pianos, we welcome everyone to tap their inner artist and enjoy, whether that's by playing one of the pianos, listening to someone play or appreciating them as beautiful works of art."

Sing for Hope Pianos is made possible through the generous support of Chobani, Inc., maker of America's No. 1 selling Greek Yogurt brand, and in collaboration with the City of New York.

For more information and to learn how you can get involved, please visit the newly refreshed singforhope.org website, which offers a wealth of information about the project, including a map of piano locations, opportunities for engagement and details about the artists who designed each instrument.

About Sing for Hope
The Sing for Hope vision of ART FOR ALL is informed by our belief that the arts have unique power to uplift and unite individuals and communities. Our outreach programs in NYC's under-resourced schools and healthcare facilities demonstrate this every day, and the Sing for Hope Pianos are a summertime celebration that bring this to every corner of our city. If you are one of the millions of New Yorkers who have played the outdoor pianos in Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and other parks and public spaces in the summertime, you know why Sing for Hope Pianos are NYC's most beloved public art project. Ongoing support for Sing for Hope is provided by Sing for Hope's Founders' Circle including The Arnhold Foundation in honor of Sissy Arnhold, The Anna-Maria & Stephen Kellen Family Foundation, and Ann Ziff. For more information, please visit singforhope.org. Sing for Hope gratefully acknowledges Golden Artist Colors for their generous donation of paints for Sing for Hope Pianos. With a mission much like Sing for Hope and Chobani, GOLDEN is dedicated to producing materials that encourage exploration of form and concept.