"Piano Project" Donates
Instrument To DogwoodPosted by Josh Flory on 11/26/2019
A brightly decorated piano that is part of a public art and music initiative has found a “forever home.”
On Tuesday, students at Dogwood Elementary celebrated the unveiling of an instrument that had been featured in the Piano Project of Knoxville. That initiative invites local artists to decorate the instruments, which are made available in public spaces for a short time and then placed in permanent homes.
On Tuesday, Piano Project founder Brian Clay spoke to Dogwood students about his own passion for music and then helped unveil the piano, which was painted by artist Will Lunsford and had previously been available for public use in Market Square.
To inaugurate the instrument, musicians including 2nd-grader Aurelio Ilagan and Clay himself performed songs, before stepping aside to let students tinker with the keys on their own.
Clay said the Dogwood piano is the first one to be placed in a permanent home, and that the school was a great fit because of its thriving art and music program.
“I want to make sure that every kid … has the opportunity and the access to sit down, play a piano and then engage (with music) for the rest of their life,” he said. “Music has been so wonderful for my life and it can be wonderful for everybody else.”
At Dogwood, the piano will be displayed in the lobby for now, allowing children to play it when not in class.
Lea Buckner, a 2nd-grader at Dogwood, said she is planning to get guitar and piano lessons, and that her favorite song is “Thriller,” by Michael Jackson.
As for the new piano, Buckner said the front was her favorite part: “Because of the owl.”