Community Keys

May 1-June 21 | Multiple Locations

From May 1 to June 21, painted pianos by University of Michigan students bring Ann Arbor public spaces to life with impromptu performances throughout Ann Arbor.

The project’s grand finale piano trio performance is at 8:15PM on June 21 at Top of the Park for a Make Music Day community concert.

Scheduled University of Michigan student performances occur at noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays at the following locations:

Saturday, May 4: Michigan Theater – Trenton Chang
Wednesday, May 8: Shapiro Undergraduate Library – Matthew Osterholzer
Saturday, May 11: Ann Arbor Farmers Market – Trenton Chang
Wednesday, May 15: Michigan Theater – Mira Walker
Saturday, May 18: Ann Arbor Farmers Market – Mark Zhu
Wednesday, May 22: Shapiro Undergraduate Library – Cindy Lee
Saturday, May 25: Michigan Theater – Cindy Lee
Wednesday, May 29: Michigan Theater – Matthew Osterholzer
Saturday, June 1: Ann Arbor Farmers Market – Max Zelle
Wednesday, June 5: Shapiro Undergraduate Library – Mira Walker
Saturday, June 8: Ann Arbor Farmers Market – Regina Arriola
Wednesday, June 12: Shapiro Undergraduate Library – Regina Arriola
Saturday, June 15: Ann Arbor Farmers Market – Mark Zhu
Wednesday, June 19: Michigan TheaterMax Zelle


Opening day performances occurred on May 1 by Ann Arbor’s own Mr. B.


Pianos painted by University of Michigan Students include:
Ann Arbor Farmers Market: Inspiration by Avery Jura
Michigan Theater: Under the Sea by Vivien Wang
Shapiro Undergraduate Library: Leaders & Best by MSBC

The Community Keys project was proposed by Ashley Gray, Sophomore in the School of Kinesiology, and is supported through the U-M Arts Initiative’s Projects in Partnership (PiP) (*formerly Collaborative Projects) funding program, which supports large-scale projects that activate the campus and local community.

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“In my hometown of Danville, California, painted pianos were placed throughout unique public spaces,” said Gray. “The sounds of the piano lingered throughout the halls and streets of downtown, calling for pedestrians to walk over and tickle the ivories. Although these ‘art exhibits’ were temporary, it left a special imprint on community members. I am eager to see the school community unified by such a unique experience. The power of music is universal!”

— Ashley Gray, U-M Student

Community Keys is presented in partnership with the University of Michigan Arts Initiative.


with additional support from
Louise and Andrew Chang



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