It's well-known that arts can have a positive impact on the communities where they are made readily available. But, did you know that actually participating in artistic endeavors, especially when the opportunity to do that is rare, can also help not only individuals but communities? This is the idea behind the concept of placing musical instruments in public places where anyone can take part in playing them.
This kind of musical sharing happens worldwide. You can find pianos for
public use in places like train stations and airports in Italy, in Sao
Paulo, Brazil, in Barcelona, the Netherlands, London, Sydney and in the
United States. Here in the United States, you can find them in
California, Cincinnati, Birmingham or on street pianos in NY.
How Does Music Sharing Impact Communities?
Having the ability to sit down and play piano gives people a chance to
express themselves and to share musical talent, as it helps to improve
people's intellectual abilities. For those listening to the pianos being
played, it helps with relaxation, and can give them a sense of
well-being. Listening to music may even help to lower blood pressure by
helping people to relax.
In places like cities, which often have a bustling nature that can
contribute to the anxiety and stress people feel, this benefit becomes
even more important. So many people in cities may lack the ability to go
to professional musical performances. Street music gives them a chance
to enjoy the benefits of music in an inexpensive way. Bringing these
benefits directly to those who need them the most is rewarding to
amateur and professional musicians, and to those who participate by
donating musical instruments and their time.
A Real Connection. Being able to enjoy music outdoors on the streets helps people feel more
connected to the communities they live and work in. Music helps uplift
people's spirits and helps them to find a sense of hope where it may
have been lacking before. It also provides a fun outlet for creativity!
The spirit of volunteering one's time to help keep instruments in tune
and to care for musical instruments can also help people feel as if
they're giving something important to their communities. It can be a
life transforming endeavor both for volunteers and for those in the
community lucky enough to take part in playing and enjoying the music.
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