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Piano. Push. Play. brings music to the people of Portland

The interactive project rescues unwanted instruments, turning them into one-of-a-kind works of art that are then dispersed across the city for anyone to play.

A person with pink braids plays a pink painted piano that says "Please Play Me!!" on its face.  Abstract floral designs also cover it.

This design was created by abstract artist Bernadette Estrada for the 2023 event.

In Portland, summer sounds like a scintillating sonata performed on the sidewalk and in the park. Piano. Push. Play. is an interactive community art project that started in 2013 with the mission to make music accessible to all — and it’s still going strong.

The nonprofit rescues old pianos and gives them a tune-up before letting local creatives transform each instrument into a mixed-media masterpiece. Your best chance to see all 10 in the same place is the free 2024 Kickoff Concert, which will be held Thursday, July 11, 7-9 p.m., in Director Park.

Expect planned performances as well as impromptu numbers courtesy of audience members who are willing to have their names drawn from a hat. On Friday, July 12, the pianos will be dispersed to locations across the city, where anyone is invited to play them.

Ultimately, they will be donated to schools, recording studios, hotels, food cart pods, and other organizations.

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