For two weeks, beginning June 1st, McCarren Park will be the site of daily impromptu concerts when it becomes home to one of 88 artist-designed pianos decorating the City’s open spaces as part of public art installation, Sing for Hope Pianos.
More than 100 artists were chosen to customize the instruments, including Huffington Post editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington, her sister Agapi Stassinopoulos and fashion designer John Varvatos. The McCarren piano was designed by Scott Michael Ackerman, whose work is called “more.” He said that he was inspired by an underlying thought “to just do more with your time alive. Listen more, love more, play more, and just enjoy what surrounds you.”
Sing for Hope was founded in 2006 by best friends / internationally acclaimed sopranos Camille Zamora and Monica Yunus as a resource for artists to engage local communities. Their vision of “art for all” is informed by their belief that the arts have the power to uplift and unite. “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,” the founders said in a statement.
The pianos will be on display until June 16th, after which they will be donated to under-served schools, healthcare facilities and community organizations in the same communities in which they were displayed.
For more information and to learn how to get involved, visit singforhope.org, which includes a map of piano locations, opportunities for engagement and details about the artists who designed each instrument.