Public art will also take the form of public music in 2017, when a program called Keys to Rome comes alive in early May.

Rome’s Public Art Review Committee has approved the placement of five painted pianos at various locations from early May into mid-July.

The concept was presented to the committee by representatives of the groups Turn Your Back on Hate and Peacefully Engaging the Rome Community.

Pianos will be placed near River Dog Outpost in the Cotton Block, on the Town Green near The Forum, at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Broad Street, the corner of Sixth Avenue and Broad Street and near the Makervillage on North Fifth Avenue.

“We’ll have pop-up concerts,” said Kristi Kent, the city’s director of communications.

The pianos will be available during daylight hours from early May through July 9. Kent said anyone would be able to sit down and play the pianos at any time during the day.

“We really don’t know how cool this is going to be,” said Mary Hardin Thornton, committee chair. “We think it’s going to be something else that helps make for a better community. I can’t wait to see what happens.”

A fundraiser to help with the purchase of covers to protect the pianos from the elements at night and during rainy periods is going to be held at Makervillage on Saturday. The fundraiser will feature a performance of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” in the Makervillage space, 252 N. Fifth Ave, and will be aired on 95.7 FM The Ridge.

Doors will open at 11 a.m., and the performance will begin at noon Saturday. Tickets will be available at the door for $10.


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