Painted, Playable Pianos Make Public Debut in Downtown Knoxville

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Painted, Playable Pianos Make Public Debut in Downtown Knoxville

Posted: 10/11/2019
Piano ProjectThe Piano Project of Knoxville, a public art and music initiative featuring painted and playable pianos, officially launched Oct. 10, 2019 in downtown Knoxville.

The reveal of Knoxville’s first-ever painted pianos took place on the Market Square stage at Bill Lyons Pavilion. The Piano Project of Knoxville was founded by jazz pianist Brian Clay, and the launch is sponsored by the Downtown Knoxville Alliance.

Clay presented the first three decorated pianos, and attendees had the opportunity to meet the artists and play and listen to piano music. 

“People will actively engage with the art by sitting and playing the pianos or passively engage by simply listening to the music,” Clay said. “The point is that community and interaction will happen, and that is beautiful.”

Since moving to Knoxville 10 years ago, Clay has served as an advocate for arts in the community, including performances with the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra. He received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Commission of Knoxville Arts Award in 2019.

Clay, Downtown Knoxville Alliance, Dogwood Arts, City of Knoxville Public Arts Committee and Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero participated in the official launch event.

Volunteers will monitor and take care of the pianos in the upcoming fall and winter months.

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