Arts & Entertainment

Outdoor Pianos Stage Return to South Orange


SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The sidewalk pianos are coming back. 

The South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), the Village of South Orange, Seton Hall University and South Orange Village Community Alliance (SOVCA) have announced that applications are now being accepted from visual artists for for the second annual “Playin’ Around South Orange,” the  public art project that features decorated pianos displayed in various locations throughout the Village.

This year, the event will take place from Aug. 23 through Oct. 4. The pianos will be placed in popular outdoor spaces and will be available for the public to play. Professional musicians will be scheduled to play the pianos on various days, encouraging community members to join in the “jam sessions” by playing an instrument or singing.

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Local artists, or teams of artists, will paint pianos in or around SOPAC during the month of August. A diversity of styles to inspire the community around the themes of the performing and visual arts is encouraged. Artists are asked to submit photos of their work or provide a website where their work can be viewed. An honorarium will be supplied to the artist. The project is open to all locally-based artists or design teams, age 18 or over, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, military status, sexual orientation, marital status or the presence of a mental or physical or mental disability. More information about the project can be found at

The application process consists of a one-page letter of intent describing your design concept and source of inspiration, and what interests you about the Playin’ Around South Orange project, along with multiple images of your body of work or a website to view the work, and an optional full color concept of your design. All applications must be completed by Fri., July 18, 2014 and all piano artwork must be completed by Thurs., August 18, 2014. The application and more information about the project can be found at

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