Pianos On Parade
In 2008, the JOHN S. AND JAMES L. KNIGHT FOUNDATION along with GALLUP conducted a 3-year study called the SOUL OF THE COMMUNITY. They found that three perceived attributes - SOCIAL OFFERINGS, OPENNESS, and BEAUTY - have consistently emerged as leading drivers of empowered and thriving communities, even above local economy. PIANOS ON PARADE (POP) provides the community with interactive, public art installments that satisfy all three of these characteristics.
Since 2010, POP has connected local businesses, professional artists, municipalities, children, teachers, and schools to produce over 200 engaging public art installations featuring uniquely designed pianos. Learn how to unlock POP for your community below.
How to Unlock POP for Your Community
Your participation in POP helps residents feel a greater emotional connection to their community. These colorful pianos enliven space, create spontaneous and memorable interactions, and can serve as a 3-D marketing medium for your business. POP pianos have the power to enhance brand, add dimension and depth to your identity.
Student POP invites students to participate in a multi-disciplinary, hands-on, team-building activity that builds self-esteem and cooperation skills. We provide supplies and curriculum resources, and use the arts to engage kids in the learning process. Student POP is tax-deductible. 12-month no-interest payment options are available.
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Artist POP pairs you with a professional artist and you two go at it to create a colorful creation that represents you. The artist can work with you in terms of using certain colors and/or design elements that help to create an interactive marketing catalyst for public engagement. 12-month no-interest payment options are available. Click above to learn more.
MINNEAPOLIS DOWNTOWN COUNCIL
The MDC inspired Minneapolis residents to get outdoors and experience their extraordinary downtown in-the-making: 25 pianos were painted by local artists to evoke a Downtown Minneapolis theme, including iconic buildings, neighborhoods, sports stadiums, art designs, bridges, and must-see destinations...
MINNESOTA STATE FAIR
At the fair, Minnesotans prefer everything on a stick, even their pianos...
KANSAS CITY MUSIC TEACHERS ASSOCIATION
The KCMTA celebrated 100 years of musical excellence and music-making in Kansas City: a record-breaking 60+ pianos were painted at Union Station and installed throughout the KC metro area...
Podrebarac, beloved illustrator and creator of "Cowtown," designed the 100th Anniversary Grand Piano commemorating KCMTA's centennial anniversary. Today, the piano continues to be showcased at Kansas City Union Station...
Dubbed by Forbes magazine as "one of the hottest little retailers" in America, Mary Carol Garrity injected the loveliness & homely energy characteristic of the Nell Hill's brand housed at Briarcliff. The last thing Mary wanted was "a Nordstroms kind of piano."
MALL OF AMERICA
At a mind-boggling 4.2 million square feet, Mall of America is the nations largest retail and entertainment complex. It is home to 520 world-class shops, an indoor amusement park, walk-through aquarium, and Spongebob Squarepants...
MERRIAM FARMERS' MARKET
SWING, BATTER, BATTER, BATTER: The City of Merriam immortalized The Royals' world series victory over the New York Mets with this Champions Piano. On one side you can play the piano; the other side is a batting cage. To the victor go the spoils...
RED BALLOON BOOKSTORE
Regularly scheduled events such as Weekly Storytimes have connected children, teens, and adults in the Twin Cities area with great books and great authors for 30 years. The Red Balloon added a unique twist to Storytime by integrating this marvelously imaginative piano...
GRACE ENGLISH LUTHERAN CHURCH & SCHOOL
Music teacher JohnMichael Jurica desired to enhance the existing arts curricula at GLE. Through Pianos On Parade, his students were exposed to how pianos work, the physics of sound, woodworking, and painting...
MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Seeking to draw art-centric frequent fliers and provide calming creative outlets amid the "stressors of travel," the Minneapolis-St.Paul airport turned to spontaneous music-making...
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