Playin’ Around South Orange Piano Project
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Playin’ Around South Orange – #SOPianos – is a public art project that highlights both the visual and the performing arts. Pianos transformed into works of art by extraordinary local artists provide unexpected and delightful encounters and encourage active arts engagement in our day-to-day lives through the spontaneous making of music. We hope that the keys of the pianos are ‘tickled’ every day bringing joy to all who experience them.
Playin’ Around South Orange is supported in part by Valley National Bank.
Playin’ Around South Orange pianos are located throughout downtown South Orange and at Seton Hall University. The 2017 piano locations are listed below along with the visual artists responsible for the visual art design.
BILL BILLEC Spiotta Park
SANDI KOTERBA AND JESPY HOUSE CLIENTS
Irvington & W. Fairview Avenues
IRENE POMIANOWSKI AND GWENDOLYN ‘ARRI’ JACKSON
Sloan Street Gazebo
ELIZABETH, ALEXA AND ALLIE SIBIO
Village Service Center
Bishop Dougherty University Center at Seton Hall
SAT, AUGUST 26, Noon-1PM
The opening weekend of Playin’ Around South Orange overlaps with the return of Seton Hall University students to our community, typically the last week of August. The project’s launch is celebrated with a kick-off event where musicians and artists gather at each of the pianos to perform for the public simultaneously for one hour. This year’s kick-off event will take place on Saturday, August 26 at noon.
The Playin’ Around South Orange program typically comes to a close coinciding with Seton Hall University Weekend on October 1.
To honor each year’s pianos as pieces of art, they are auctioned off and/or donated to benefit SOPAC’s education programming.
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