ROCHESTER, N.Y.— A senior at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester is expanding the concept of public pianos.
Marissa Balonen-Rosen has launched a public art and music project dubbed “Pianos for Peace” that uses music to promote non-violence and community building. She’s assembled supporters and volunteers to help paint donated pianos with peace themes and placed them in city neighborhoods to boost a sense of community.
Balonen-Rosen also has arranged concerts and other activities promoting peace, and she’s even given some music lessons.
The pianos have been moved to the local M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence to create a piano park for peace, with more events there in the coming three weeks. The pianos will then be donated to local organizations that work with youth or promote peace.