Sing for Hope Youth Chorus, NYC Schools, TV star Alex Garfin (“Superman & Lois”) and more unite to celebrate summertime and “art for all” with free performances and open play
The beloved Sing for Hope Pianos will return to 28 Liberty Plaza on Friday, June 3 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with 10 artist-designed pianos for all to enjoy. This one-day-only special event encourages everyone, from professionals to novices and everyone in between, to exercise their musical creativity and share “pop-up” moments of spontaneous music-making and improvised harmony. In addition to the pop-ups throughout the day, Sing for Hope will present a free concert at 12noon featuring the Sing for Hope Youth Chorus, the Senior Chorus from the renowned Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, student musicians from P.S. 191, and TV star Alex Garfin (Superman & Lois) in uplifting musical selections.
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 the Sing for Hope Pianos in permanent homes in public schools to benefit thousands of New York City school children. The Sing for Hope Pianos – first launched in 2010 – has become one of the world’s largest annual recurring public arts programs, with more than 580 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 musical experiences for all ages.
On June 3, New York City’s Sing for Hope Pianos will launch at 28 Liberty Plaza with pianos created this year, as well as in previous years, by artists from all five boroughs. These featured artists include 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 is a symbol of unity for New York City and we look forward to welcoming the program back,” said Thomas Costanzo, Global Partner of Fosun and CEO of Four Trees Asset Management. “Fosun celebrates its 30th anniversary with a continued dedication to making arts and culture accessible to the Lower Manhattan community. Corporate social responsibility are hallmarks of Fosun’s global initiative while actively seeking to give back to the community.”
CW Star Alex Garfin (Superman & Lois) has been a supporter of Sing for Hope since 2019, when he encountered one of our pianos near The Dairy in Central Park. Garfin said, “A lot of things claim to bring us all together, but almost always never do. That’s what’s so special about Sing for Hope; it actually delivers on its promise.When you pass by one of their pianos, you’ll find a lawyer, a janitor, and a teacher playing and creating together, making friends where otherwise they would’ve forever remained strangers. That’s pure magic, so I hope everyone can enjoy the magic with me down at 28 Liberty Plaza on June 3rd for our grand opening of the 2022 season.”
Sing for Hope Co-Founder Monica Yunus said, “These ten beautiful Sing for Hope Pianos are testament to New York’s creative resilience, and we’re so grateful to Fosun for staying the course with us and continuing to champion art for all. While the world may not look the same as it did two years ago, we’re finding new paths forward.”
“As we continue to emerge from two years of relative isolation during the pandemic, the opportunity to share music and art in community really feels like a gift,” added Sing for Hope Co-Founder Camille Zamora. “On June 3rd, we invite the public to come enjoy the high-vibrational energy and sheer, simple goodwill that these unique musical artworks create.”
After the one-day-only event at 28 Liberty Plaza on June 3, five special Sing for Hope Pianos will be available for the public to play from June 6-26 on plazas across the five boroughs, as part of SFH’s exciting new partnership with the Department of Transportation. New Yorkers and visitors can also enjoy Sing for Hope Pianos this summer at Port Authority Bus Terminal, The Oculus: Westfield World Trade Center, and Little Island.
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, schools, care facilities, refugee camps, transit hubs, and community spaces worldwide. A non-profit organization founded in New York City in response to the events of 9/11, 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 US 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. Learn more and join the movement at singforhope.org.
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”.
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