Painted Piano Project
June - August 2019
The Painted Pianos will be back in the Summer of 2019!
If you are interested in sponsoring a Piano, hosting a piano at your location or donating an upright piano in good working condition, please contact us at email@example.com. This effort increases walkability and comfort on our streets, brightens the streetscape, and provides income to local working musicians, a keystone of our local economy.
All pianos are open for the public to play! They have been donated by the Community Music School of Springfield, painted and decorated by local artists, and now it's your turn to try something artistic - stop by on a walk and play a few keys!
If you are an artist interested in playing at on of our Lunchtime concerts, please register on our Artist Database.
A special thanks to our local Springfield Artists: Marc Austin, Dr. Gloria Caballer-Acre, Jack Devlin, Rebecca Fite, Robert Markey and Sheldon Smith and our Sponsors: BID Springfield, the Mass Cultural Council, the Community Music School of Springfield, and Mass Mutual for their support of the 2019 Painted Piano Project.
Fresh Paint Springfield
Transforming Downtown in 1 Week: June 2 - June 8, 2019
The Springfield Cultural Partnership is a proud partner of Fresh Paint Springfield. “Downtown Springfield is about to get some fresh paint! Vibrant colors and awe-inspiring designs are coming to Springfield's bare building walls, public pianos, and sidewalks. From June 2nd - 8th, nationally recognized mural artists will transform downtown building walls in to permanent works of art. Local artists will paint public pianos, and cover sidewalks in chalk. Community events will encourage residents and visitors to join in the excitement, watch the murals be created, meet the artists, and participate in the creation of one of the murals. Fresh Paint Springfield is a celebration of community, creativity, and the City of Springfield. All of the art will be located in walkable distances from each other, creating a dynamic outdoor art gallery. This outdoor gallery will encourage people to go beyond a single destination to explore and enjoy the entire Springfield arts and restaurant district.”
For more information visit the Website.
Returning Fall 2019
The Springfield Cultural Partnership is bringing Art Stop(s) back to downtown Springfield in Fall of 2019 following the success of the May 3 Art Stop(s). The event is free and open to the public.
The event highlights the flourishing creative economy within the Springfield area by bringing attention to emerging local artists. We also wish to highlight the walkability of downtown Springfield by activating street level spaces.
Stay tuned for more information over the summer!
District-Wide Utility Box Mural Program
A map and artist statements can be found on the Utility Box Mural page here!
The SCP is working to incorporate more art as part of economic development in Downtown Springfield. In the Fall of 2015 - we piloted a utility box mural program in Stearns Square Park during the "Springfield Under the Stars" movie night, and people loved it! The theme of all of the boxes is "unexpected beauty," playing off the SCP’s tagline "Experience the Unexpected."
The purpose of this project is two-fold: first, to beautify the streets and create unique and interesting pedestrian sights; second, to provide economic opportunity to local artists who are trying to make a living creating art in Springfield. We see this project in its final step as a huge, free outdoor gallery that is accessible to anyone, regardless of social or income status.
thank you to OUR ARTISTS !
Alberto Nieves, Andrea Newland, Arielle Jessop, Catherine Burton, Christopher Gann, Gina Beavers, Gloria Caballer-Arce, John Simpson, Lisa Hersey, Lorraine MacAlpine, Louise Padilla, Marcus Hickney, Priya Nadkarni, Renee Flowers, Sydney Briggs, Terry Sullivan, and Whitney Weldon.