As some of you may know, I am a big supporter of the HeArt Project, an organization that connects professional artists with continuation high school students from around LA. I lead a 12 week workshop residency program every Spring where I work with about 15 young participants from the LA area to produce visual art.
This year the HeArt Project teamed up with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra to produce an art piece on a stand up piano for a city wide project called "Play Me I'm Yours". My students and I were given the honor to produce this piece of art on a piano (one of only 30 city wide) to represent the HeArt Project and Los Angeles in this global campaign bringing art and music to public spaces.
The piano we created was painted with acrylic, spray paint, and even stickers.
The students put their own flair into it including 2 characters reflecting music and youth culture.
The majority of the piano was painted in a colorful mosaic of abstraction and color.
To show the youth's own take on ownership, "Hello My Name Is" stickers were adhered to the top of the piano reflecting names and words of their choosing.