aaug5While touring around the Kansas City Metro area this summer, I have come across a few colorfully painted upright pianos decorating the streets. Like similar public art programs of the past in other cities (cows, lobsters, snowmen, etc.) the pianos are part of a fund raising and awareness campaign called Pianos on Parade – for the Keys 4/4 Kids organization.

aaughAbout Pianos on Parade in Kansas City: “POP is a program of Keys 4/4 Kids, a local nonprofit organization that sells donated pianos and uses the profits to fund charitable programs. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or host for one of these pianos please contact us. Kids and professional artists will paint these pianos at Union Station on May 23-24th, 2015. These pianos will play host to both spontaneous and planned events and concerts throughout the summer. Other pianos will be on tour and will pop up at various outdoor fairs, festivals, restaurant patios, and sporting events. Follow us on Facebook or visit our events page to find out about all the exciting events around outdoor pianos!”

Above right is the piano the sits outside Kansas City’s City Market; above left is a piano that is located in the city’s Country Club Plaza District; and below, another view of the City Market piano framing a bit of the downtown skyline.

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Learn more about Pianos on Parade in Kansas City here.

Learn more about Keys 4 4 Kids here.