Minneapolis is looking for artists to decorate a bunch of pianos

It's part of the Pianos on Parade program.

Minneapolis is looking for artists to design and paint 25 pianos, which will be placed around the city next month for impromptu concerts and planned music programs.

It's part of the Pianos on Parade initiative, which aims to advance music in communities.

But before the pianos hit the streets, they need to be painted, a news release says. This year's theme is "summer in downtown Minneapolis," and the Minneapolis Downtown Council and Downtown Improvement District is asking for submissions for piano designs by May 11.

The artists who are chosen to paint the pianos will get a $350 stipend per piano, as well as recognition on the Pianos on Parade website and on the piano itself.

Artists will be picked by their quality of past work and experience; originality of their proposal; ability to complete the work in the time and budget given, among other things.

If you're interested in submitting a design proposal, email a short bio and links to your past work to Cat@SoGoodConsulting.org. Also include a description of your design concept.

More about Pianos on Parade

Pianos on Parade program has been around since 2010 thanks to Belle Plaine-based educational nonprofit Keys 4/4 Kids.

Founded by Newell Hill in 2000 when he was a 19-year-old freshman at the University of Minnesota, the organization’s team of technicians refurbishes used pianos donated to them and resells them.

The program installed 25 artfully decorated pianos in downtown Minneapolis last year, too.

For more information on the program, click here and here.

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