Play Me, I’m Yours, Salem Oregon

Salem Chamber Orchestra is delighted to bring Play Me, I’m Yours to Salem from July 13-29, 2012. There are 11 pianos hidden throughout the city of Salem and Keizer.
This scavenger hunt is perfect for the musically inclined and art enthusiasts and you too can see how many you can discover.

I was lucky enough to work with the Culture Shock Community Project to help put together a community collage on one of the pianos…this one was a baby grand. Community members were asked to drop off photos and mementos to incorporate into the collage and have been invited to get ooey and gooey pasting papers onto the piano. The “fun” part is getting it all over your arms and hands and then peeling it off your skin (am I the only one who enjoys such simple pleasures?). The last community build will take place 7/26 from 5-8pm at the corner of Liberty and Chemeketa.  We’d love to have your help! The nifty part comes after the piano is moved from the streets. Then it will find its home at Clockworks Cafe, you you’ll be able to see you handwork for years to come! Just think how many performers will be able to use it then. I say, neato mosquito!

Here’s some footage of the process…

 Bryan Johnston City Park
400 Mildred Lane SE – View Map

This piano is decorated by Willamette Girlchoir with guidance from Artists in Action. This was the first time we’d visited the park. The kiddos and I had a grand time playing on the play structure which features sexy, space-aged looking gravity spinners which make your tummy turn in knots. It’s a great park to take a break and let the kids play.

This piano is decorated by Willamette Girlchoir with guidance from Artists in Action.










Bush’s Pasture Park
High and Lefelle St, SE, 
View Map

Decorated by Salem Art Association, when we saw this piano we were afraid that it had gotten tagged. Thankfully, this is what the artists intended the piano to look like. 🙂

This piano is decorated by Salem Art Association.salem, Oregon

Capitol Mall State Park,

This piano is decorated by HOME Youth & Resource CenterThis piano proved to be a bit tricky to find. We entered the Capitol and asked for help at the information desk and thankfully they lead us in the right direction. It’s actually nestled closest to Center Street between the covered entrances buildings that lead underground. Everyone at the Capitol was so friendly and treated us like tourists. Even the custodial worker asked if we enjoyed our visit. I sure do love our friendly little town!








Downtown, Chemeketa & Liberty Streets

The only grand piano part of Play Me, I’m Yours – Salem 2012 is prepped and created by Culture Shock Community Project. We’ll be adding lots more to this collage and will have fun playing with a photo transfer technique. Plenty of people wanted to play it on that busy downtown intersection.








Keizer City Hall – Gazebo

Designed by the Boys & Girls Club, this piano features a Smurftastic shade of blue and lots of cool 3 dimensional additions.








Kroc Corps Community Center

This piano couldn’t be any closer to home. It was decorated by Kroc Corps Community Center and it’s sitting in front of the Kroc Center.The piano has a Dr. Suess theme.










Lancaster Mall

This is the only piano east of I-5 and has a cool electric feel.  This piano is decorated by KMUZ Community Radio.










Minto Brown Island Park – Dog Park Area

Decorated by Willamette Humane Society, this piano finds it’s home among the sweaty, drooling dogs. Sorry I’m more of a cat person, however this piano is beautiful nonetheless.











Salem Conference Center – Sculpture Park

This piano is decorated for the Oregon Artists Series Foundation by artists Mary Lou Zeek and Nancy Lindburg.

Union Street Pedestrian Bridge

This piano was decorated by AC Gilbert’s Discovery Village and has the most amazing view!










Veterans of Foreign Wars

Last but not least is probably my favorite (esthetically). This piano is decorated by Ceili of the Valley Society.











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