The pianos are making a return engagement. In 2013, more than 500,000 people across the city engaged with Street Pianos Boston, sharing music and song in a citywide festival. In 2016, Celebrity Series of Boston will bring the pianos back, as Play Me, I’m Yours returns to Boston as part of an internationally touring artwork devised by British artist Luke Jerram.
From September 23 – October 10, 2016, sixty pianos, decorated by local artists, will be placed in public outdoor space in every Boston neighborhood and select Cambridge locations for the public to play and enjoy. Each piano will feature a simple invitation: “Play Me, I’m Yours.”
This public art installation was created by UK artist Luke Jerram and has been touring internationally since 2008. More than 1,500 pianos have now been installed in 50 cities across the globe, from New York to London. The project has reached more than 10 million people worldwide, with each new city that commissions the work becoming part of a growing legacy.
In Boston, Play Me, I’m Yours is presented by the Celebrity Series of Boston, as part of Arts for All!, a community engagement initiative that reaches over 10,000 individuals annually through master classes with main stage artists in public schools and conservatories; hands-on, interactive workshops for youth led by a core group of Boston-area artists; free community concerts in Boston neighborhoods; free and discounted tickets to main stage performances; and large-scale, public participatory performance projects such as Street Pianos Boston.
To learn more about Street Pianos Boston, visit celebrityseries.org or streetpianosboston.org or follow the process on social media using hashtag #streetpianosboston.