Pianos on state

A favorite event in Santa Barbara, Pianos on State is a collaborative and interactive musical experience that takes place in Downtown Santa Barbara each October, which is recognized by the City as National Arts and Humanities Month. In 2018, Pianos on State took place October 2 through October 24. 

For the project, local Santa Barbara artists transformed our pianos into unique, interactive works of art. The pianos were displayed on designated pads along State Street for the public to play.

We were excited to invite local artists to paint the pianos!  As a public art program, this was an opportunity for emerging and professional artists alike to showcase their work through a unique project. Artists were selected through a competitive design submission process and panel. We were pleased to announce the artists and organizations that designed the pianos for 2018 were as follows:

Aviel Hyman | Mahina Martinson | Ariana Meyers | Jack Mohr
Amanda Phillips | Melody Rose | Lanny Sherwin | Richard Stokes
Art From Scrap | Santa Barbara Public Library Central Branch
The Arts Fund | Youth Interactive

2018 would be the eighth annual event and was made possible through the collaborative efforts of the City of Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization, the Santa Barbara Bowl, the Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative, the Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture, the Santa Barbara Education Foundation, The Arts Fund, New Noise Music Foundation, and more. 

Each piano becomes its own piece of art as local Santa Barbara artists create unique looks at the Community Arts Workshop. Pianos were available for musical exploration, impromptu play, and planned performances morning, afternoon, and evening over two weekends.

For more information about how you can support Pianos on State, please visit http://www.pianosonstate.com/