The Downtown Community Improvement District (CID) Ambassadors are planning to set the tone for the Pianos on Parade by playing the public pianos in Oppenstein Park (12th & Walnut), beginning June 1.

Downtown Kansas City is on the verge of dancing to a more colorful, musical beat this spring and summer.

Thanks to the Pianos on Parade program, pianos will soon begin to appear in public spaces around Downtown, and throughout greater Kansas City.

“Pianos on Parade (POP) places ‘artistically transformed’ pianos around Kansas City in various outdoor locations for all to play and enjoy,” said Lisa Cattanach, POP chair. “In order to celebrate 100 years of excellence for the Kansas City Music Teachers Association, our goal is to place 100 pianos around our city during the summer of 2015.”

Children and professional artists will be painting these pianos this weekend – Saturday and Sunday – at Union Station, as they prepare to introduce the pianos into public spaces by June 1.

“These pianos will play host to both spontaneous and planned events and concerts throughout the summer. Other pianos will be on tour and will pop up at various outdoor fairs, festivals, restaurant patios, and sporting events, Cattanach explained.

POP is a program of Keys 4/4 Kids, a local nonprofit organization that sells donated pianos and uses the profits to fund charitable programs.

“Follow us on Facebook or visit our events page to find out about all the exciting events around outdoor pianos,” Cattanach said.