Pianos in Public – Santa Barbara did it on State Street, and other cities around the world have placed pianos in public places for passers-by to play to their hearts’ content. Google this topic to see the range of locations where pianos have been located. Often the donated up-right pianos are painted by artists before their public appearances. When they have outlived their usefulness, other artists have been known to use various parts of the pianos for other artful purposes.
Our program first took hold when Café on A in downtown Oxnard agreed to host a donated piano and put it to good use. VCAC received other “hosts” or “care-takers” for pianos — businesses, individuals and organization that managed the piano and put it to productive public use. Some pianos were hosted by a school and moved about the campus, or by a city and brought out for public events. Pianos left outside received special attention and covers to endure the elements. VCAC also located suitable pianos, piano movers and tuners to make the program hum!
*Please note that this program is currently closed, and at this time we are not accepting piano donations.