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The Arts Factor: Keys to the City

 

IDENTITY: Arts and culture are as fundamental to our regional identity as the American Revolution and the Boston Red Sox. They have deep significance in the lives of our residents and the health of our economy — and that investment in the arts can yield wide-ranging returns.

 

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Artistic engagement can happen in the most unexpected places — even in Post Office Square. Last fall in honor of its 75th anniversary, Celebrity Series of Boston placed 75 pianos, each decorated by a local artist, in public locations in and around Boston. Created by British artist Luke Jerram, “Play Me, I’m Yours” has been touring internationally since 2008.

Everything from Chopin to “Chopsticks” could be heard through city streets for several weeks, from Chinatown Park to Franklin Park Zoo. Whether stepping up to the piano bench, joining in a sing-along, or sitting quietly to listen, over half a million Bostonians stopped to play, listen, and share music with their fellow citizens — and create harmony in more ways than one.

Learn more about the Boston Street Pianos here: http://streetpianos.com/boston2013/

 

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