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Image of a public piano, part of the In the Key of Davis program.
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In the Key of Davis

Its piano season in Davis, and eight public pianos have been installed throughout the City.

 In the Key of Davis is the program behind the public pianos. The idea is to offer a space for improv gatherings, spontaneous connection, and celebration of music. There’s no sign-up sheet—just find a piano and start playing.

 

Two of the new pianos introduced this year were designed by local elementary and high school students.

 

The piano at Hunt Boyer Plaza is covered with poems on diversity and uniqueness by the sixth grade students in teacher Amy George’s Birch Lane Classroom. Drawing and painting students in teacher Kyle Monhollen’s Davis Senior High School arts class painted the piano located at Central Park with images of Davis flora and fauna.

 

All pianos in the program have been donated by community members; the free-use, outdoor pianos will be tuned regularly.

In the Key of Davis was launched in 2015 as the brainchild of two local teenagers, Isabelle and Hailey Shapiro. The Shapiro Family has been coordinating the program ever since, and work with the City each year to introduce new pianos and locations.

(Photos by: Cristian Recinos)

Find a piano:

  • Central Park

  • Davis Commons

  • Davis Food Co-Op

  • G Street Plaza

  • Hunt-Boyer Plaza

  • Manetti Shrem Art Museum

  • Mary L. Stevens Davis Branch Library

  • Wyatt Deck

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