Keyed Up Kenosha: a piano art walk project seeks artists

Jan. 8, 2018
For further information contact:
Kris Kochman
Community Relations Liaison
City of Kenosha
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KENOSHA – Downtown Kenosha, Inc. seeks artists to decorate up to a dozen pianos, which will go on display throughout the downtown next summer. “Keyed Up Kenosha,” a piano art walk project, is co-sponsored by Downtown Kenosha, Inc. (DKI), the City of Kenosha and the Kenosha News.

Artists will paint the pianos over the next several months, and the completed pieces will go on display in June outside downtown businesses. The pianos will be available for people to stop by and “tickle the ivories” throughout the summer.

Prospective artists may find a Request for Proposals on the DKI web site (, with project proposals due to DKI by Feb. 9, 2018. Artists will be
notified by mid-February if they are chosen to decorate a piano. Up to $100 is available to reimburse artists for the cost of their supplies.

Project organizers also are seeking sponsorships of $500 each for the pianos. Sponsors and artists will be recognized with a plaque on the pianos. At the end of the season, pianos will be auctioned to the highest bidder, with the funds going to future DKI special events.

Artists will decorate their pianos in a workshop space inside the Kenosha News. The pianos will be on display as works-in-progress in the artist workshop at the Kenosha News during the April 29 “Get Behind the Arts” event – a tour of Racine and Kenosha artist work spaces. A special event to showcase the pianos is planned for June, after all of the pianos are in place.

For further information, contact Downtown Kenosha, Inc. here.

Request for Proposals click here for the form.