The beloved Sing for Hope Pianos returned to 28 Liberty Plaza on Wednesday, September 29, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. when Sing for Hope launched 10 artist-designed pianos for anyone and everyone to play as a one-day-only special event. Each of the 10 pianos celebrate a past collaboration with New York City artists. Sing for Hope also presented its Art for All Award to actress, dancer and singer-songwriter Daphne Rubin-Vega at the event.
Each year, Sing for Hope selects local and international artists to design and paint pianos that are placed in parks and other public spaces for all to play. Through a special partnership with the New York City Department of Education, Sing for Hope then places all of the Sing for Hope Pianos in permanent homes in public schools to benefit thousands of New York City school children. Sing for Hope Pianos – first launched in 2010 – has become one of the world’s largest annual recurring public arts programs, with more than 500 one-of-a-kind piano artworks placed in public spaces from The Bronx to Beirut, and Aspen to Athens, supporting local visual artists and creating music experiences for all ages.
The Sing for Hope Pianos to featured included pianos created this year and in previous years by New York City artists, including Robert Padovano, Victoria Wrubel, Morgan Winter, Julia Cocuzza, Nupur Nishith, Alyson Fraser Diaz, Jieun Yang, Imani Shaklin Roberts, Christopher Spinelli, and Gily Gil-Lugo.
Sing for Hope Co-Founders Camille Zamora and Monica Yunus kicked off the festivities on the 28 Liberty Plaza, which featured pop-up performances throughout the day by a range of performers including artists from The American Opera Project and other institutions. The American Opera Project’s pop-up featured compelling selections from the forefront of contemporary opera performed by bass Kofi Hayford, soprano Justine Aronson, tenor Timothy Stoddard, and Music Directors Mila Henry and Kelly Horsted.
“We are pleased to work with Sing for Hope and other organizations to foster 28 Liberty’s role as a center for arts and culture in Lower Manhattan,” said Thomas Costanzo, executive president, global partner, Fosun Hive Holdings. “Sing for Hope’s piano exhibition on the Plaza is a powerful positive experience for the Lower Manhattan community and all of New York City.”
“Being able to share music and art in person right now feels like a gift, after these past 18 months spent largely in isolation and without the joy of live music. It makes our hearts sing,” said Sing for Hope Co-Founder Monica Yunus. Fellow Sing for Hope Co-Founder Camille Zamora added, “These ten beautiful Sing for Hope Pianos feel like a symbol and celebration of New York’s creative resilience. The arts will always be front and center in New York, and we can’t wait to celebrate that with the public on Liberty Plaza on the 28th.”
The 2021 Sing for Hope Art for All Award was presented to Daphne Rubin-Vega, the iconic Broadway actress who recently appeared in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s movie musical In The Heights, and who has been a vital supporter of Sing for Hope’s mission. A special, surprise musical performance honored Rubin-Vega’s dedication to harnessing the power of the arts to create a better world.
About Sing for Hope
Sing for Hope harnesses the power of the arts to create a better world. Our creative programs bring hope, healing, and connection to millions of people in hospitals, care facilities, schools, refugee camps, transit hubs, and community spaces worldwide. Founded in New York City in 2006, Sing for Hope partners with hundreds of community-based organizations, mobilizes thousands of artists in creative service, and produces artist-created Sing for Hope Pianos across the U.S. and around the world. The official Cultural Partner of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, Sing for Hope champions art for all because we believe the arts have an unmatched capacity to uplift, unite, and heal.
Liquitex is the Official Paint Sponsor for Sing for Hope Pianos and have generously provided paint for each of the artists. Sing for Hope’s programs are made possible by The National Endowment for the Arts; The Sing for Hope Founders’ Circle, including The International Foundation for Arts and Culture (Dr. Haruhisa Handa, Chairman, Sing for Hope Global Patron), The Arnhold Foundation in loving memory of Sissy and Henry Arnhold, The Thea Petschek Iervolino Foundation, The Anna-Maria & Stephen Kellen Foundation, and Ann Ziff; Fosun International; and the generosity of donors like you.
About 28 Liberty
28 Liberty, at the heart of downtown NYC, is the go-to destination in Lower Manhattan for recreation and best-in-class dining. The office tower’s 2.5 acre Fosun Plaza hosts a variety of community events throughout the year, from food festivals to arts programs to educational experiences and more. The 38,000-square-foot penthouse is home to restaurateur Danny Meyer’s latest endeavor, Manhatta, a restaurant and bar with sweeping panoramic views of the NYC skyline, and featuring a multifunctional event space accommodating up to 800 guests at three simultaneous gatherings. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Food Hall is among the tenants of the new 200,000-square-foot retail space at the base of the building. 28 Liberty is also bringing in over 30,000-square-feet of various food and dining options on the ground floor retail space. Whether exploring the latest cultural event or sipping cocktails at sunset from the 60th floor, 28 Liberty always offers something new to discover.
Fosun was founded in 1992. Fosun’s mission is to provide high-quality products and services for families around the world in health, happiness and intelligent manufacturing segments. Fosun International Limited is an innovation-driven consumer group that has been listed on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (00656.HK) since 2007. Fosun International ranks No.459 on the 2021 Forbes Global 2000 List.
About Fosun Hive
Utilizing “Hive City + Global Landscape” as its core strategy, Fosun Hive continuously leads the upgrading of industry-and-city integration. Through profound industry operations + industrial investment, Fosun Hive consolidates global industrial resources, focuses on customized industrial C2M model and well-positioned industries to promote the upgrading of urban industries and the high-quality development of the regional economy with the “Hive model”.