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Pianos for peace

Rochester, N.Y.- Piano music will fill the air around several Rochester neighborhoods this month.

It’s all a part of a project called Pianos for Peace.

Eleven pianos will be placed in different locations around the city and will be painted by youth, local artists, and community members and will include their own interpretation of what peace means to them.

The majority of the pianos will be placed in neighborhoods where residents may have limited access to the arts. Other locations include spots like the Public Market and Frontier Field.

Marissa Balonon-Rosen, a dual degree student at the Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester organized the project. She said this follows the idea that by actively involving people in music you can make for a more peaceful community.

The idea is to bring music and see people’s interpretations of peace,” said Balonon-Rosen. “Each piano is going to have a little jar for people to place suggestions for making Rochester a more peaceful place."

At the end of the month all of the pianos will be collected to form a piano park for peace on the grounds of the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence.

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Washington Times