Fed­er­a­tion Youth Coun­cil Com­mU­NITY Pi­ano Project

The Free Press (Corowa) - - CLASSIES (03) CLASSIES -

The Fed­er­a­tion Youth Coun­cil’s the Com­mU­NITY Pi­ano Project is set to achieve an out­stand­ing re­sult for Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil com­mu­ni­ties.

A Com­mU­NITY Pi­ano is a pi­ano placed in the street which peo­ple pass­ing by are en­cour­aged to play. The con­cept orig­i­nated quite by ac­ci­dent in Sh­effield, Eng­land and is a world­wide phe­nom­e­non that the Fed­er­a­tion Youth Coun­cil feel the area should be a part of. Street pi­anos are great not just for the mu­sic they bring, but are a pow­er­ful eco­nomic force, and act as a mag­net for tourism. Even more im­por­tant, they help ed­u­cate and in­spire, cre­ate a sense of shared own­er­ship and re­spon­si­bil­ity, and stim­u­late cre­ativ­ity.

Con­cerned with the is­sue of in­clu­sion and ac­cep­tance of young peo­ple, the Fed­er­a­tion Youth Coun­cil hope this is the cat­a­lyst for peo­ple to see each other, make con­ver­sa­tion and come to­gether with­out any prej­u­dice.

The Com­mU­NITY Pi­ano Project in­volves the Fed­er­a­tion Youth Coun­cil work­ing with a lo­cal artist, school and com­mu­nity group to turn them into pub­lic art pieces.

The Youth Coun­cil cur­rently have one up­right pi­ano on cast­ers and once com­pleted, it will be tunned and then se­cured to its cho­sen lo­ca­tion as a pub­lic art project aimed at cre­at­ing a place for ex­change and an op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to con­nect.

Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil will trans­port the fin­ished pi­ano to its per­ma­nent lo­ca­tion and the pi­ano will re­main the prop­erty of the Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil. Fed­er­a­tion Youth Coun­cil will be work­ing closely with Coun­cil to en­sure the pi­ano is com­pli­ant to foot­path reg­u­la­tions and the pi­ano is cov­ered un­der Coun­cil’s pub­lic li­a­bil­ity in­sur­ance.

The pi­ano will be ready for pub­lic dis­play in De­cem­ber /Jan­uary and will be on a four month trail to gauge the im­pact it has on each com­mu­nity.

The long term aim is to have pi­anos in­stalled in pub­lic places across the Coun­cil area, lo­cated on streets, in pub­lic parks, out­side cafes and lo­cal com­mu­nity meet­ing ar­eas en­cour­ag­ing passers-by to come to­gether and play or lis­ten to the pi­anos.

The Fed­er­a­tion Youth Coun­cil would like to in­vite busi­ness owner/s to be­come ‘Pi­ano Part­ners’ and sup­port the project by adopt­ing the pi­ano, cov­er­ing it at the end of the day or wheel­ing it in­side their premises from the out­side el­e­ments.

The Com­mU­NITY Pi­ano Project is funded through the Youth Op­por­tu­ni­ties Pro­gram 2018.

If you would like to be­come a Pi­ano Part­ner or wish to dis­cuss the Com­mU­NITY Pi­ano project fur­ther, please con­tact Am­ber Har­vey, Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Team Leader, on (02) 6033 8974 or email am­ber.har­[email protected]­er­a­tioncoun­cil.nsw.gov.au.

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