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Originally published in the June 2019 Juniper Berry Magazine

Sing for Hope comes to Juniper Valley Park

Maxine Fisher playing Bach. Photo by Steve Fisher

Sing for Hope is a program that places artist-designed pianos throughout NYC's parks and public spaces for anyone and everyone to play. Each summer, the pianos bring individuals and communities together in an open festival of art for all. After their time on the streets, Sing for Hope transports the instruments to NYC public schools, where they become hubs for Sing for Hope's ongoing creative programs and enrich students' lives for years to come.

This June, Sing for Hope will place its 500th unique piano artwork in the five boroughs, making NYC host to more street pianos than any other city in the world. As New York City's largest recurring public art project, the Sing for Hope Pianos impacts an estimated 2 million people each year. The project will be coming to Middle Village this year with a piano at Juniper Valley Park.

Tatham Smith is the artist responsible for our local piano entitled, "Find Your Voice."

ARTIST STATEMENT

I have a neurological disorder called Spasmodic Dysphonia which makes it so, at times, I am unable to speak. My piano design is a message encouraging people to have the courage to find their voice. My piano would be painted with playful acrylic paint colors and light hearted cartoon designs. The entire piano is done with vibrant block coloring in shades of: pink, aqua, red, orange, and blue to name a few. The bottom front of the piano shows a woman without a mouth. The upper front portion of the piano shows a mouth with piano keys for teeth. The sides of the piano say, Find Your Voice. The back of the piano shows a man chasing after a mouth with legs and piano keys for teeth. There are dancing mouths on the back of the piano.

The pianos are there to engage the public in music and art. You may enjoy through June 23rd!

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