Here’s to the 100s of Seattle and King County parks and open spaces! Regardless of where we live, work and play, our local parks are great economic equalizers – providing us all with green spaces to relax, exercise and connect with our communities. And let’s not forget the music and the arts, which also thrive in our area and are great connectors. Put all this together and you get: Pianos in the Parks!

Pianos in the Parks is a public-private partnership that uses the power of art and music to get us out to discover parks, connect with people, and have fun. We are truly a community effort, combining the great talents, visions and efforts of 17 different partner organizations.

  • Laird Norton Wealth Management has helped its clients achieve both their financial and life goals for nearly half a century. As we have grown to manage nearly $5 billion in assets, we have not forgotten our deep roots in the Pacific Northwest. We remain committed to giving back to our community and helping this region thrive for generations to come.

    Parks, trails and open spaces help connect communities and make this region a great place to live, work and play. In 2013, LNWM helped launch the King County Parks Foundation to raise private funding for the King County Parks system. Extending our commitment to parks, in 2014 we worked with a dozen community partners to launch Pianos in the Parks.  Laird Norton Wealth Management is excited to be bringing back Pianos in the Parks for an encore in 2015, and hopes it will help ensure a healthy regional parks system for future generations.

    For more information, please visit: www.lairdnortonwm.com

  • Bellevue’s Parks & Community Services Department manages an integrated system of exceptional parks and open space, and offers recreational, cultural and human services programs. The Parks & Community Services Board advises the City Council on issues related to parks, open space, and community services such as recreation centers and programs, cultural diversity, special events and more.

  • Through its Arts Program, the City of Bellevue provides funding for arts organizations and artists working in Bellevue; manages Bellevue’s public art program; activates the Cultural Compass Bellevue’s Cultural Plan; and more great things that make the arts a vital part of community life. The Arts Program is part of the Planning & Community Development Department and is advised by the Arts Commission. The Arts Commission is a seven-member volunteer advisory group that is appointed by City Council and advises Council on matters related to the arts.

  • The Mercer Island Parks & Recreation Department provides a sense of community that enhances the lives of residents and visitors who come to the island. We offer over 150 recreational programs and events annually. We operate and maintain over 460 acres of parks and open space, and more than 30 miles of trails. The department operates the award winning Mercer Island Community and Events Center, a 42,000 square foot facility with a fitness center, gym, and meeting rooms. Mercer Island strives to be a sustainable and healthy community, and we would like you to invite all visitors to come visit and play on Mercer Island. For more information, visit www.mercergov.org

  • The origins of Classic Pianos date back four generations, when the first family-owned piano shop opened in Portland’s historic Sellwood District. Today, still family-owned, Classic Pianos has become one of the most successful and recognized retail piano businesses in the United States. The hallmark of Classic Pianos has always been passion: a passion for the art of piano-making and for providing the most pristine, diverse and inspiring pianos for all customers and in all price ranges. Through music-making, we can communicate ideas and emotions that transcend all language barriers, providing the perfect conduit for bringing people of all backgrounds together. We feel that our mission to inspire our customers through the pianos we sell dovetails perfectly with the mission of Pianos in the Parks—inspiring the public through exploring nature, beauty and space. We are thrilled to play our part in this wonderful and inviting outreach. For more information www.classicpianosseattle.com

  • Classical KING FM 98.1 is the Pacific Northwest’s voice for classical music and the arts. We are devoted to actively growing, diversifying, and enriching the love of classical music in our community. The arts are a critical component of a world class city, as a community radio station and listener-supported we believe classical music should be accessible to all. By sharing our love of classical music with the next generation we are building a stronger community. We broadcast live at 98.1 FM and online in six channels.  For more information go to www.king.org.

  • Gage Academy of Art is celebrating 25 years as a vibrant art school and contemporary art center, providing community-based artistic development for artists of all ages, abilities and economic means. Since 1989, Gage has committed itself to advancing arts engagement, showcasing artists, and serving as a role model for emerging artists both inside and outside the studio. In addition to a celebrated roster of local teaching artists, Gage welcomes artists from around the world to share their techniques and artistry with workshop participants both at the Gage campus on Capitol Hill, and in inspiring locations across the globe. Gage is home to a year-round schedule of free public art events, lectures, festivals, youth programming and exhibitions.

    Pianos in the Parks is a wonderful celebration of community, artistry, and the pleasure of finding art and music in unexpected and accessible places. Gage is proud to have paired up 22 talented artists with a piano to create something wonderfully new and fresh to animate the landscape of our public parks and public spaces. For more about Gage programs, please visit www.GageAcademy.org

  • KEXP 90.3 FM is a non-profit, listener-supported public radio station based in Seattle. KEXP’s purpose is to enrich the lives of artists and music enthusiasts alike by championing music discovery. More than 200,000 listeners from around the world tune in each week over the air and online. DJs are dedicated to curating an eclectic mix of genres including rock, hip hop, reggae, country, Latin, modern global, and more. Because of KEXP’s longstanding commitment to community endeavors and musical discovery, we are delighted be a part of Pianos in the Parks for a second year. For more information, please visit www.kexp.org visit www.kexp.org.

  • King County Parks – Your Big Backyard – offers more than 200 parks across 28,000 acres of open space, including such regional treasures as Marymoor Park, Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, and a world-class aquatic center. The Burke-Gilman and Sammamish River Trails are part of our nationally recognized 175-mile regional trail network.

    Pianos in the Parks is a fantastic opportunity to surprise visitors with a unique, interactive experience while exploring their Big Backyard. By cultivating strong relationships with non-profit, corporate and community partners, King County Parks enhances park amenities while leveraging King County taxpayers’ investment by generating additional revenue and creating efficiencies that keep our parks open and safe for all to enjoy.

    www.kingcounty.gov/parks

  • PlayNetwork creates branded entertainment and digital media experiences that build lasting impressions with customers worldwide. The company helps brands drive engagement with customers and develop emotional bonds that drive lifetime value. Clients engage PlayNetwork for custom music and media supervision, audio/visual systems engineering and installation, branded entertainment campaigns, technology and software development, global music and content licensing, original video and motion graphics, in-store and on-hold messaging, advertising networks, and more. They partner with over 350 brands across 85,000 locations in 110 countries, reaching more than 100 million people every day. For more information, visit www.playnetwork.com.

  • In a private/public partnership between Sea-Tac Airport, the Seattle Music Commission, and PlayNetwork, this effort is a comprehensive program to enhance the experience of millions of traveler’s each year through exposure to the diverse variety of musical artists from the Pacific Northwest. The program includes overhead music in common areas, live artist performances throughout the terminal, music-themed artist exhibits curated by the EMP Museum, artist-recorded overhead announcements, curated videos on terminal and baggage claim monitors, and a multi-channel web radio player available through the free airport Wi-Fi network.

  • Seattle Center serves as an extraordinary arts, civic and family gathering place in the core of our region. The more than 30 cultural, educational, sports and entertainment organizations residing on the 74-acre campus, together with a broad range of public and community programs, offer nearly 5,000 events attracting 12 million visitors each year. At Seattle Center, our purpose is to create exceptional events, experiences and environments that delight and inspire the human spirit to build stronger communities. Activities at the Center generate $1.15 billion in business activity and $387 million in labor income.

  • The City of Music Initiative launched in 2008 as an effort to celebrate and enhance Seattle’s renowned music culture. Shepherded by the Seattle Music Commission and the Seattle Office of Film + Music, partnerships with record labels, radio stations, clubs, festivals, restaurants, nonprofits, public entities and civic organizations, are instigated and nurtured to make Seattle a place where musicians thrive, communities are strengthened and music businesses flourish. Pianos in the Parks is a natural fit for the City of Music Initiative – musical performance, discovery, inspiration and appreciation of music are organic catalysts for community building and activation of our public spaces.

    Other projects inspired by the initiative are City of Music Career Day produced by One Reel, the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce’s Music Industry Task Force and Sea-Tac Airport’s ‘Experience the City of Music’ initiative. For more information, visit www.cityofmusic.com.

  • Seattle Parks and Recreation (Parks) manages a 6,200-acre park system of 465 parks and extensive natural areas. Parks provides athletic fields, tennis courts, play areas, specialty gardens, and more than 25 miles of boulevards and 120 miles of trails. The system comprises about 11% of the City’s land area. Parks also manages many facilities, including 26 community centers, eight indoor swimming pools, two outdoor (summer) swimming pools, four environmental education centers, two small craft centers, four golf courses, an outdoor stadium, and much more.
    Seattle’s parks provide numerous benefits to the people of Seattle—healthy people, a healthy environment, financial sustainability, and strong communities, which are important to Seattle’s health and vibrancy.
    We are delighted to host Pianos in the Parks this summer; a perfect fit with Seattle Parks and Recreation’s mission to provide opportunities to play, learn, contemplate and build community. Let the music begin!

  • The Seattle Symphony has partnered with Pianos in the Parks to help share the inspiration of live music and the joy of music-making with the community, encouraging everyone to not only Listen Boldly, but Play Boldly, too!
    The Seattle Symphony is one of America’s leading symphony orchestras and is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history of nearly 150 releases. Its widespread education and community engagement programs reach more than 100,000 people each year through a variety of programs tailored to meet the needs of various audiences, schools and communities. Under the leadership of Music Director Ludovic Morlot since September 2011, the Seattle Symphony is heard live from September through July by more than 300,000 people annually and performs in one of the finest modern concert halls in the world — the acoustically superb Benaroya Hall — in downtown Seattle.

  • Ten Grands Seattle, a musical variety show featuring 10 grand pianos and 10 talented concert pianists, “gives the gift of music to children.” The concert showcases remarkable Northwest pianists who entertain audiences with a rich variety of classical music, jazz, blues, gospel, boogie woogie, pop, and contemporary music. Together with community guest artists and students, the musicians play simultaneously, in various combinations, and individually.
    Composer/pianist Michael Allen Harrison created Ten Grands in Portland in 1999. His vision was to “share the joy, the healing, the learning and the life-changing gifts music has to offer. Seattle was added in 2008; in 2013, Seattle Symphony became our presenting partner.
    Held annually on a sensational, multi-tiered stage at Benaroya Hall, this unique show promotes musical arts for students, with all proceeds benefiting education programs of Seattle Symphony and other community groups. Generous volunteers, in-kind contributors, donors and supporters support our mission. Learn more below.

  • Urban ArtWorks’ is a 20 year old 501(c)3 whose mission is to empower young people and restore communities through public art. By providing subsidized employment, volunteer, and entrepreneurial experiences, we seek to improve young lives as well as the surrounding communities. In all of our programs, we provide experiences that lead to positive growth in the youth and artists we serve: job experience/work readiness, social and life skills development, and increased positive community pride through public art. Our studio often serves as a prep space for art before it enters the public realm, so pianos in the park is a natural guest for us to welcome!

Special Thanks

  • In addition to the primary partners, Pianos in the Parks has received generous support from several community organizations, making it possible for us all to discover, play and win. We’d especially like to thank the Downtown Seattle Association, who is hosting one of our pianos in Westlake Park, Mercer Island Center for the Arts, who is organizing the noon-time performance at Luther Burbank Park, and KCTS 9 for helping spread the word about Pianos in the Parks 2016. We are grateful for their generous support of this project.