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Public Pianos, Vandalism & the Metrics of Hope (or, How to Win 99% of Bets)

Camille Zamora | Posted 06.18.2016 | Arts
Camille Zamora

There is much discussion in nonprofit-land these days about how we measure impact. To that end, how do we leverage the success metric of Sing for Hope Pianos placed in "at-risk" neighborhoods? Over 99% of these beautiful artist-designed pianos emerge not only un-vandalized, but having uplifted spirits on a broad scale.

286 Hubs of Harmony: NYC Street Pianos Past, Present and Future

Camille Zamora | Posted 06.05.2016 | Arts
Camille Zamora

By sunrise tomorrow, 50 Sing for Hope Pianos will have been placed throughout the five boroughs, bringing to 286 the number of street pianos placed here since the project's 2010 debut.

Blossoming Pianos, Reviving Mimì, and Other Signs of Spring

Camille Zamora | Posted 06.29.2015 | Arts
Camille Zamora

Today -- finally! -- is the day. After a horrific winter featuring the coldest recorded temperatures in the past 81 years combined with a flu vaccine of historic inefficacy, spring has finally shown up.

Post-Snowmageddon, Songs of Summer

Camille Zamora | Posted 04.01.2015 | Arts
Camille Zamora

Today, in an imagined escape from the 30-degree weather outside, I'm fast-forwarding to June via video -- specifically, via music videos created by artists in past years on the Sing for Hope Pianos.

An AIDS Quilt Songbook: Sing for Hope

Camille Zamora | Posted 01.31.2015 | Impact
Camille Zamora

On World AIDS Day in 2012, the New York City-based "artists' peace corps" Sing for Hope marked the twentieth anniversary of the classical music world's first organized response to the AIDS crisis.

A Reason to 'Sing for Hope'

Camille Zamora | Posted 12.10.2014 | Impact
Camille Zamora

There are no better words to describe the volunteers and residents of Bering Omega Community AIDS Services, whom we honor each year with our song. The loss of my friend Frank connected me to this community, and this community connected me to something essential in this art of ours.

If You Want To Create Positive Change, You Have To Envision It

Posted 05.08.2014 | Healthy Living

By Sarah Klein When Camille Zamora and Monica Yunus met at Juilliard, they wanted a way to use their passion -- singing -- to give back. They start...

Folk-Fishing & Spanish Soul: The Legacy of Graciano Tarragó

Camille Zamora | Posted 12.01.2013 | Arts
Camille Zamora

My own journey with Tarragó began several years ago on a hot afternoon in Madrid when, taking refuge from the midday sun in a dusty music shop, I stumbled across some out-of-print folios.

Smoky Skies, Rx Mozart & Our American Evolution

Camille Zamora | Posted 09.17.2013 | Arts
Camille Zamora

Prescription Mozart is my shorthand for the leveraging of art's transformative power in the service of healing. It is a vision in which artistic expression -- collaborative, open-sourced and radically welcoming -- is once again positioned as central to human wholeness and societal harmony.

WATCH: Why These Women Placed 88 Pianos Throughout NYC

The Huffington Post | Posted 07.06.2013 | Impact

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Monica Yunus felt compelled to do something to help. Though she struggled with exactly how she could be of servic...

Nebulae & Camouflage: The Sing for Hope Piano Process

Camille Zamora | Posted 08.14.2013 | Arts
Camille Zamora

I hope that you've had a moment these last weeks to enjoy these piano artworks in their streetside spots across the five boroughs. Here are some video peeks at these artists' piano processes.

Piano Land

Monica Yunus | Posted 08.13.2013 | Arts
Monica Yunus

Few things have the power to surprise and delight the inhabitants of the city that never sleeps. Let's face it, New Yorkers are just not easily impressed. But at Sing for Hope, we know that putting 88 pianos around town makes New Yorkers look up and take notice. And of course, make music!

Camille Zamora: My Third Metric: Just Breathe

Camille Zamora | Posted 08.07.2013 | Women
Camille Zamora

You may feel right now that "success" is defined by how many accolades you receive. But I'm going to tell you that it's not about the accolades at all, but about authenticity

Monica Yunus: My Third Metric: Happiness

Monica Yunus | Posted 07.30.2013 | Women
Monica Yunus

In trying to figure out what was distinctive about my voice and how I would forge a path on the stage, I realized that I had something no one else had: my voice.

City Songs: A Brief History of the Street Piano

Camille Zamora | Posted 07.29.2013 | Arts
Camille Zamora

This summer, once again, New York City will play home to a truly Big-Apple-flavored Street Piano installation.

8.8 Reason to Love the Sing for Hope Pianos

Monica Yunus | Posted 07.10.2013 | Arts
Monica Yunus

As the Co-Founding Director of Sing for Hope, I am thrilled and excited that we are bringing The Sing for Hope Pianos back to New York this summer! From June 1st through June 16th, 88 pianos will be outdoors for all to play and enjoy.

88 Keys to Past and Future

Camille Zamora | Posted 07.02.2013 | Arts
Camille Zamora

Each year, Sing for Hope enlists the help of visual artists. Together they paint, sculpt, découpage and gesso a gift for our city: 88 unique piano artworks (representing the 88 keys on a keyboard) that are placed throughout the public spaces of the 5 boroughs, for anyone and everyone to play.

A "Peace" of Reality

Monica Yunus | Posted 08.12.2012 | Impact
Monica Yunus

Every year, the Nobel Peace Laureates gather at the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, and, this year, they asked me to perform and speak about Sing for Hope before the Summit's inaugural youth delegation.

With a Vision and a Little Elbow Grease

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 01.16.2012 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

There are many ways we artists can become advocates, whether it be for the arts or other causes. It is imperative to be more than just an advocate for one's self.

Designers' Pop-Up Pianos Attract Few Auction Bids

Posted 09.13.2011 | New York

TRIBECA -- The decorated instruments that graced the streets of New York this summer as part of the Pop-Up Pianos public art project need a new home -...

500-Pound Piano Stolen From Park

AP/The Huffington Post | AP – Thu, Jun 30, 2011 | Posted 08.30.2011 | New York

NEW YORK -- How do you steal a white 500-pound piano sitting in a public park? That's what a nonprofit arts group that placed the piano in New York...

WATCH: Street Pianos Return To New York Next Week

Posted 08.07.2011 | New York

The "Play Me I'm Yours" interactive art installation, which put 60 pianos on the streets of New York last summer, is making its big return on June 18-...

NYC Pianos Facilitate Music And Community

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

How does piano music sound over the ubiquitous sirens of the Big Apple? We'll soon find out. The non-profit arts group Sing For Hope recently distrib...