As prescribed by Paulina Constancia
On a recent visit to Vancouver, I caught glimpses of the inspiring and commendable art of community living in the coastal metropolis.
Today we begin with the Keys to the Streets summer program.
A Little About KEYS TO THE STREETS
“Keys to the Streets is a project that brings free, playable pianos to the public spaces of Vancouver this summer! Our pianos will be available to play from July 1 to August 24, 2013. A volunteer run operation, this project is inspired by similar pop-up piano initiatives which have appeared in cities such as Montreal, Toronto, and New York.
Keys to the Streets seeks to build upon this spirit of inspiring music and creativity in our urban environment through revisiting the public piano concept in a way that is uniquely supported by Vancouver community organizations. When the program ends in August, these pianos will be donated to their stewarding organizations for indoor enjoyment!
Each piano will be deployed outdoors with a rain cover, bench, and a community stewarding organization that will take care of the piano for the duration of the program. Passersby are also encouraged to slip the included cover onto the piano in the event of foul weather, or during the early evening to be respectful of the environment and to control public noise levels.”
Click here for more on Keys to the Streets
About CityStudio Vancouver
CityStudio Vancouver is an innovation hub inside City Hall where staff, university students and community members design and execute projects on the ground
Below are photos that I took on three different days at the same public piano location in the False Creek neighbourhood. From a jazz trio jamming, a wedding entourage doing a photo shoot, to a lone pianist romancing the keys -the photos prove that if there is a piano somebody is bound to play it and people naturally gather to experience the music. What a great way to bring a warm sense of community in the city! Bravo Vancouver!
Below is a map showing the locations of the different Public Pianos, as well as some simple guidelines to enjoying this program.
Here are some videos of lovely summer music making in Vancouver. Thanks to the Keys to the Streets program and the staff and volunteers of CityStudio Vancouver!
“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.”
-From brainy quote
So do… share your talent and help build a sense of community where you live.