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Public Painted Pianos Project in Macon County

The Public Painted Pianos Project in Macon County is an initiative started by Dr. Gail Fyke, an assistant professor of nursing at Millikin University, in fall 2020. Fyke was inspired to create the project after her son, Austin, successfully recovered from brain surgery at a New York area hospital. Austin went through many complementary therapies during the summer of 2020 as part of his surgical recovery process, including music therapy. With the help of Millikin music professor Dr. Neal Smith, Fyke launched the Public Painted Pianos Project in Macon County. Local artists paint pianos that have been donated, and Fyke finds places in the community to adopt the pianos for public use. Pianos can be found all over Macon County, including The Children’s Museum of Illinois, The Boys and Girls Club of Decatur and Richland Community College.

Member's Wish List

Item/Purpose $ Amount % Funded
Arts in the Park participation
Arts in the Park was a success last year with 6 pianos located at Central Park during the entire event. The cost is to cover moving pianos to and from Central Park.
100% funded
Laminated Sheet Music
Lamination of sheet music for 5-6 of the locations for public access when music desired to play pianos (will not need music at some sites)
100% funded
Piano Clinics
Piano clinics held in conjunction with the Millikin School of Music piano students and professors are for the DPS students at Hope Academy and Johns Hill. The event would involve 5 painted pianos at each event for students interested to have time to explore the pianos as well as play a few notes and talk to the piano students from Millikin. The cost would be affiliated with moving the pianos to the schools for the events.
100% funded