On Monday, the Sing for Hope organization celebrated its 500th piano placement throughout New York City’s five boroughs by showcasing 50 newly created works of playable art in Fosun Plaza at 28 Liberty Street. The placement of the organization’s 500th piano made New York the city with the largest number of public pianos in the world. The pianos will be available to the public from June 3–23 in a variety of locations across all five boroughs.
The organization—founded by Camille Zamora and Monica Yunus in 2006—has worked with numerous companies, performing groups, and professional theatre companies to cultivate a collection of public pianos which are as captivating to look at as they are to play. This year’s donated pianos include works from the Broadway musicals Mean Girls, Jersey Boys, and Dear Evan Hansen; with other pianos from the cast of the TV show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and the Broadway media giant Playbill.
In addition to Sing for Hope’s piano initiative, the organization engages with many different facets of the arts to help people all around the world. Whether it is engaging with the NYC Department of Education to create dynamic programming or giving free musical performances to over 6,000 patients and caregivers at 25 healthcare sites across the city, Sing for Hope is an organization which has become a champion for the arts in New York City.