Visual art and music will collide on the streets of Queens this summer.
From June 4 to 24, nonprofit arts organization Sing for Hope will bring 51 uniquely designed pianos to the city’s parks, public spaces and high traffic locations as part of the seventh annual Sing for Hope Pianos initiative.
Each brightly colored piano was designed by local artists or Broadway casts from musicals including “Kinky Boots,” “Dear Evan Hansen” and “Wicked.” During the month of June, New Yorkers are invited to use the pianos to practice, improvise or to simply take in the view.
A total of 11 colorful pianos will be posted in Queens at the following locations:
Long Island City — Gantry Plaza State Park, 4-09 47th Rd., “Vibe,” designed by Eric Karbeling
Astoria — Kaufman Arts District, 34-12 36th St., “Save Me A Dream,” by Rocelli de Guzman
Astoria — Astoria Park, 21st Street by the tennis courts, “Thank You, Green,” by Julia Ladds Clauss
Astoria — Paul Raimonda Park, 20th Avenue between 47th and 48th streets, “The Play That Goes Wrong,” by the Broadway cast of “The Play That Goes Wrong”
Flushing — Flushing Meadows Corona Park Unisphere, located in the northern half of the park, “Left Brain, Right Brain,” by Lexy Ho-Tai
Flushing — Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., “The Shape of Sound,” by David Provan
Forest Hills — Yellowstone Park, 68th Avenue and Yellowstone Boulevard, “Owls,” by Chelsea Marotta
Jamaica — Jamaica Hospital, 8900 Van Wyck Expy., “Wings for Hope,” by AnnCharlotte Tavolacci
St. Albans — Roy Wilkins Recreation Center, 177-01 Baisley Blvd.; “Value,” by Rezina Brutus-Foulkes
The Rockaways — Rockaway Beach Boardwalk at 86th, 86-01 Shore Front Pkwy., “Music Machine No. 2,” by Adam Kidder
Glen Oaks — Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy.; “The Creature’s Chorus,” by Nancy Swendseen
To learn more about each piano and its artist, visit this Sing For Hope webpage.
After their time on the city’s sidewalks, pianos will be transported to local public schools where they will find a permanent home. The instruments will be used to enrich student music and arts education.
The Sing for Hope Pianos initiative is the country’s largest annual public arts project, reaching an estimated 2 million New Yorkers annually across the five boroughs.