DUNWOODY, Ga. — Play Me Again Pianos, a nonprofit aspiring to make metro Atlanta more musical through 88 public piano installations, will cut the ribbon on its newest donated piano Sunday, June 30, at 3 p.m. at the Donaldson-Bannister Farm. The event is free and open to the public, and anyone is encouraged to play the piano, named “Millie.”
“Street pianos and public pianos inspire people to connect with each other in ways that were once common, but seem increasingly rare,” said Jason Brett, co-founder of Play Me Again Pianos. “By adding our pianos to the landscape throughout the metropolitan area, we hope to nurture that connection into an evolution of Atlanta’s culture, community and the arts
The eventual 88 pianos represent the 88 piano keys. Millie, the 21st installed overall, joins Bennett at the Dunwoody Nature Center as the second neighborhood piano in the city. Donated by the Dunwoody Preservation Trust, artist members of both the Trust and the Dunwoody Fine Art Association collaborated on the design which highlights key features in the community.
“My initial vision of this project was to have non-profit organizations in Dunwoody work together for a community cause,” said Queenie Ross, chair of the public piano project. “At our first meeting, we had members of the Dunwoody Preservation Trust, the Dunwoody Fine Art Association and Play Me Again PIanos collaborate on design. Four months and many work hours later, we have not only created a unique work of art, but have become fast friends and created a treasure for our Dunwoody park, the Donaldson-Bannister Farm. Our accomplishment is music to our ears!”
The piano was named for Martha (Millie) Adams Donaldson, who continued to run the Donaldson Farm for 30 years after her husband, William J. Donaldson, died in 1900. The farm was eventually sold at auction after her death. The piano will live permanently at the barn on the property for everyone to enjoy.
For more information about the volunteer opportunities and the impact of Play Me Again Pianos, visit www.PlayMeAgainPianos.org.