Keys 4/4 Kids

Inspiring young people to believe in themselves through the Arts and Mentorship


The Ellen Project



The Ellen Project connects children with music and art by delivering primed pianos and paint supplies to children's hospitals. Kids who are well enough to leave their hospital beds have a chance to paint and interact with these pianos. For kids who cannot leave their bed, individual piano keys are brought to their bedside to be painted. Once the paint dries, musicians perform “mini-concerts” at hospital bedsides...



Kids and their families receive free T-shirts, bracelets, and Songs of Hope CD’s during the visit...



The piano remains at the hospital for 1-2 months for patients and visitors to play and enjoy...



THE STORY OF TWO SISTERS: ELLEN & MOLLY

Molly was 6 years old when she was diagnosed with leukemia. Her sister, Ellen, is only two years older and is committed to being by her side. They are constantly thankful for the time they can spend together. The toughest parts of Molly’s treatment process have been when there are visitation restrictions. Ellen and Molly have always been close and these times apart were very tough.

Ellen loves to share things she has learned, and Molly is a willing audience. When Ellen participated in the mentorship program with Keys 4/4 Kids, it was only natural that she wanted to share her experience with her sister. In June of 2013, she was able to do just that. With the help of Love Your Melon and Keys 4/4 Kids, an event was organized at Children's Hospital of Minneapolis where Molly was being treated...


Both of the girls enjoyed sharing techniques and stories with other kids (and adults) who were painting. After the event, Ellen and Molly had such a great time they expressed a desire to share this experience with other children in the hospital. Ellen's devotion to her little sister, and the joy that painting a piano brought to the children inspired this remarkable new initiative by Keys 4/4 Kids...



The Ellen Project brings primed pianos in tow with paint supplies and plenty of wet naps to children's hospitals around the country. Kids who are well enough to get out of their hospital rooms are invited to paint the piano. Once the paint dries and hospital facilities are restored to order, the pianos are wheeled around to individual rooms of kids who might have just came out of surgery or who await their next medical test. Local musicians and international superstars will perform “mini-concerts” at the bedsides of kids and their families. Through the power of music and the arts, the Ellen project delivers doses of hope and inspiration to kids and their families.



Sponsorship Opportunity



If you or your organization would like to sponsor an Ellen Project visit at a local hospital, the sponsorship amount is $2,500. This amount covers the cost to tune, prepare, prime, and deliver an acoustic upright piano to a local children’s hospital. The amount also pays for paint supplies, t-shirts and bracelets for kids, and Songs of Hope CD’s that are handed out during our visit. Each sponsor receives an invite for up to two (2) people to attend the hospital visit. Also, a commemorative plaque with your name and/or company logo is placed on the piano, and will remain on the piano during the time it is left at the hospital. Your name and/or company will also be recognized on our website, and your handle will be used on social media posts. 


We can accommodate an Ellen Project visit to any hospital in the country. Help us reach our goal to visit 88 hospitals by the summer of 2017!


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