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British artist Luke Jerram has presented this interactive public art project all over the world, and Salem was the first city in the Pacific Northwest to present the project.
Questioning the ownership and rules of public space, Play Me I’m Yours invites the public to engage with, activate and take ownership of their urban environment. Crossing boundaries of age, class and culture, Play Me, I’m Yours democratizes the arts and encourages the exploration of creativity by everyone.
Visit streetpianos.com to see an interactive map, pictures, and videos!
SCO was the lead sponsor of this project, partnering with artist Luke Jerram. SCO invited eleven local nonprofits to decorate pianos:
Mayor Anna Peterson endorsed Play Me, I’m Yours, citing its alignment with city goals “to be a leader in projects to improve the quality of our urban environment.”
Pianos were placed in a variety of public locations throughout Salem and Keizer:
Pianos were donated by community members – thank you!
SCO donated the pianos to the nonprofits that decorated them. Some pianos, however, were in bad shape by the end of the installation and were retired to Piano Heaven.
SCO is very appreciative for a grant award from the Oregon Arts Commission’s Arts Build Communities program, which allowed us to get this project off the ground. The City of Salem’s Transient Occupancy Tax Fund had also awarded SCO a grant for this project. These two grants covered approximately half of the funds needed to fully implement Play Me, I’m Yours. The remaining funds were requested from local businesses and individuals who are supportive of Salem’s arts and culture scene, and wish to make Salem a better place to live.
Feel free to contact Noreen Murdock, Executive Director, at 503-480-1128 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have.
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