When I heard that the street Piano movement was coming to Mesa I was very excited. I had seen videos of them online. One in particular was of a man, who appeared to be homeless, sitting down and playing the most beautiful melodies while a crowd gathers around him and listened. The fact that music can help shed this social barrier and strike such a powerful response is people is amazing and definitely something I would love to be a part of. I was thrilled to be chosen as one of the 24 artists, learned all the inner workings of the project and was assigned my piano location and community group (Southwest Makers Fest). I went to the southwest makers street piano introduction with a blank slate to purposely brainstorm ideas with everyone and come up with something together. The concept or pianos theme that we came up with was “The history of humans as makers”. The Piano will become a quasi timeline starting with the bottom front area as a cave with Neanderthal paintings (which I sketched out and let the kids paint). Moving “forward in history” to the side panel with a painting of the Egyptian pyramids and hieroglyphics which spell out southwest makers. The Back panel displays Leonardo DaVinci’s Vitruvian Man that I painted with him holding tools. Throughout these two panels I painted them with sky, space and stars which helps flow to the next side which is space exploration. On this panel I painted an astronaut floating through the galaxy. This brings it back full circle to the front top area that I designed to look like a mission control panel and lastly the Space X rocket taking off on top. We then added some lighting elements for an extra wow factor. I am very happy with everything about this project, from the people behind the scenes running it to my southwest makers fest group and their help and donated items, and the location at the idea museum and their staff! I am stoked to be a part of this and look forward to the joy that my art will bring. The big kick off event will be this Saturday Feb. 27th at the Mesa Art Center (MAC) from 2pm to 5pm. This is a free event that is going to be pretty rad! They will have all 24 street pianos on site and hired pianists to play them all simultaneously!