One of the pianos around downtown Des Moines, free to use for the public. Photo: City Sounds.
Pre-pandemic, if you walked around Des Moines anytime during the spring and summer months, chances are you saw painted pianos sitting in prominent spots in town. The organization behind that campaign, City Sounds, is launching its 2021 drive, “Bring Back the Piano,” which will help fund new pianos for free public use.
City Sounds, founded by Larry James and Kathryn Dickel, plans to reduce the number of pianos it places this year, from 10 to six. It is also asking for donations under $100. Every new supporter’s name will be on a piano for 2021. You can make your donation here. You can track progress here as well.
To perk up your Tuesday, here’s a video of local musician Tony Bohnenkamp playing on a City Sounds piano in the atrium of Mainframe Studios.