Bringing art and music to the streets

Pianos About Town brings spontaneous music and local art to the streets of Fort Collins.

Pianos About Town started in 2010 as a collaboration among Bohemian Foundation, the Downtown Development Authority, the City of Fort Collins, business owners, and community members. Since then, more than 90 pianos have been collected, decorated, and placed into rotation at sites throughout Fort Collins.

Donated pianos are provided to local artists, who work outdoors in Old Town Fort Collins to transform the pianos into visual art.

Members of the community are free to observe the work in progress and are invited to chat with the artists to learn about their skills and techniques.

Once completed, the pianos take on their new status as interactive public art.

Scattered among 20 locations across town in the summer, and six locations in the winter, the pianos offer surprise interruptions of color and music across Fort Collins. The whimsical painted pianos beckon to passersby and invite them to make and listen to music together.

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Apply to paint a piano!

The program is looking for diversity in artwork styles and concepts, with a preference for emerging artists and new and exciting ideas. Selected artists will receive an honorarium of $1,000. To apply, artists must submit a letter of intent and concept rendering. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on Feb. 12.

Apply to paint a piano

The program will offer two different sessions designed to provide resources for potential applicants. Neither session is required in order to apply.

Session I: Presentation and Q&A

This session will include a presentation at 6:30 p.m. about the application and review process. Handouts will be provided and program staff will be available to answer questions during the rest of the session.

Session I: Presentation and Q&A

  • Date: Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018
  • Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Carnegie Center for Creativity, 200 Matthews St., Fort Collins

Session II: Open House and Application Review

At this drop-in session, staff will be available to sit with applicants one-on-one to review applications and make application recommendations. Staff also will be available to provide general information for applicants who were unable to attend the first information session. Information about other artist opportunities offered by the City of Fort Collins will be available.

Session II: Open House and Application Review

  • Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2018
  • Time: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Location: Carnegie Center for Creativity, 200 Matthews St., Fort Collins