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Keys to the Street brings pianos to outdoor public space

via Vancouver Public Space Network:

June 28, 2013
“Keys to the Street” Brings Pianos to Public Spaces across Vancouver

Vancouver, BC – The Vancouver Public Space Network and CityStudio have launched “Keys to the Street,” placing a fleet of free, playable public pianos in three select public sites throughout the City of Vancouver this summer, with a fourth location in the works. These pianos will be available for any passer-by to enjoy from July 1 to August 24, 2013.

“What makes this public piano program unique for Vancouver is that each one has a story behind it,” said GP Mendoza of City Studio. “Each instrument is supported by a set of dedicated local community partners, each of whom will receive their piano for their own enjoyment and use after our project ends. Their locations have been selected in close partnership with each organization, and it’s been a pleasure to work with such a diverse array of people in getting this project on the ground. We are excited to see how many people will be inspired to pick up the piano as a hobby because of this.”

The pianos 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. Local organizations that have signed on to steward these pianos include Creekside Community Center, the St. George Rainway, in partnership with the Vancouver Society of Storytelling and the Odyssey II Program through the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC. The pianos will be donated to these organizations for future indoor usage and programming once the project ends in August. One of the first pianos will be unveiled on July 2nd in Robson Square.

“We’re pleased that the 800-block will once again be a summertime public space,” said Stewart Burgess, VPSN member. “The last two years have featured great programs for animating the space such as Picnurbia, Pop Rocks, Corduroy Road  and now Keys to the Street – all of which have helped to further make the case for expanding and improving Robson Square on a permanent basis.”
Modo Car Co-op and local moving company, This is East Van, have generously provided support for the transportation of the pianos. Similar to the pop-up pianos seen in cities such as Montreal, Toronto, and New York, “Keys to the Streets” seeks to build upon the themes of inspiring music and creativity in urban centers through replicating the public piano concept in a way that is uniquely supported by Vancouver communities.
The VPSN is a grassroots collective that engages in advocacy, outreach and education on public space issues in and around Vancouver, British Columbia. The VPSN continues to work on a wide array of projects – including research, event planning, design, and interventions – supporting key public space issues.

CityStudio Vancouver is a collaboration between the City of Vancouver and the city’s six post-secondary institutions (BCIT, ECUAD, Langara, SFU, UBC, VCC), developed in conjunction with Mayor Gregor Robertson’s plan for Vancouver to become the greenest city in the world by 2020.
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For more information or to arrange an interview, contact:
Jillian Glover:
GP Mendoza:
Those interested in more information about the pianos and their locations can visit and watch for real-time updates via the pianos’ Twitter feed: @Keys2Streets.

Modo Co-operative
Toll free1.877.226.2277
Modo Co-operative
Toll free1.877.226.2277
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