OneSound Piano Project
Hoping to bring more music to our community, the River Music Experience has placed ten pianos in public places throughout the Quad Cities.
Executive Director Tyson Danner says for the OneSound Piano Project ten local artists were chosen to paint the donated pianos.
"We want everybody, whether they've never played before or not, no matter how old, to walk up and play the piano. I think a lot of people, especially kids, are told 'don't touch' when they see a piano but we want to break that habit and we want kids to feel that they can jump in and be musicians too."
The ten piano locations include the Niabi Zoo, Arts Alley in Rock Island, Quad Cities International Airport, the Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf, and VanderVeer Park in Davenport.
"Because they're painted, because they're attractive and interesting, they're inviting. You can just walk up and start playing."
Danner says the pianos were placed on Monday and Tuesday, and even before the official unveiling Friday afternoon, the RME began receiving pictures and videos of people playing them.