Sing for Hope kicked off a new partnership with Lenox Hill Neighborhood House with musical performances and a celebratory ribbon cutting for the permanent placement of a 2017 Sing for Hope Piano created by visual artist and Sing for Hope Artist Partner Lady JDay.

In presenting this vibrant Sing for Hope Piano featuring empowering images of women in vibrant colors, Sing for Hope aims to bring a renewed sense of joy, strength, and self-confidence to the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Women’s Mental Health Shelter. The shelter, located at the Park Avenue Armory, provides mental health services to women and helps them to secure permanent housing.

In addition to remarks from Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Deputy Chief Program Officer Jessica Mischkot, Lady JDay, Sing for Hope Co-Founder Camille Zamora, and Sing for Hope board member and Juilliard President-Designate Damian Woetzel, the event featured a performance by renowned jazz pianist Jason Moran, the Grammy-nominated Artistic Director for Jazz at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Moran brought tears to many eyes with his opening piece, a tribute to his late mother and her strength that lives in him today. He was then joined by Camille Zamora in a special performance of George Gershwin’s “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess, which the artists encouraged the assembled women to join in song. The harmonies from the women were a foreshadowing of how well-utilized this instrument will be in the years ahead.

This Sing for Hope Piano was originally unveiled in February 2017 at the “Interrogations of Form: Culture in a Changing America,” a day-long symposium at Park Avenue Armory, produced in collaboration with The Aspen Institute Arts Program, at the invitation of Woetzel, who heads up arts programming for Aspen Institute. After the piano’s February debut, it spent three weeks at La Plaza de las Americas, a public plaza in Washington Heights, as part of the Sing for Hope Pianos 2017 public arts initiative. It will now live permanently at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Women’s Mental Health Shelter at the Park Avenue Armory.

Since 2006, Sing for Hope’s arts outreach programs have brought hope and inspiration to thousands of individuals in under-resourced schools, public hospitals, hospices, veterans’ centers, after-school programs, neighborhood centers, nursing homes, and disability networks. The Sing for Hope Pianos, our flagship “art for all” program, places artist-designed pianos throughout the parks and public spaces of NYC’s 5 boroughs each summer for anyone and everyone to play. Through a special partnership with the NYC Department of Education, The Sing for Hope Pianos are then permanently placed in 50 city public schools each year, where they impact an estimated 16,000 kids annually. To date, Sing for Hope has teamed with over 250 nonprofit organizations, involved over 3,500 artists in creative service, and placed over 400 Sing for Hope Pianos throughout New York City as a symbol and celebration of art for all.

Pictured (top photo): Sing for Hope Co-Founder Camille Zamora, Juilliard President-Designate Damian Woetzel, Artist Lady JDay, and Lenox Hill Neighborhood House representatives