ANNOUNCING THE 2018-19 CITIZEN ARTIST SCHOOLS

For many New Yorkers, the Sing for Hope Pianos are synonymous with summer and coming together as a city to play, sing, and create together in our parks and public spaces. For 15,000 children across 50 NYC public schools, the 2018 Sing for Hope Pianos mean something even more: the Pianos are permanently placed catalysts for ongoing high-quality music education, and they mark the beginning of the students’ journeys as Citizen Artists.

The Sing for Hope Pianos will make a tremendous impact on the potential for ongoing, high-quality music education in the schools, which are often in low-income neighborhoods with extremely limited arts resources. Although there are infinite possibilities for the creative ways the new crop of schools will use their SFH Pianos, the Pianos we’ve already placed in schools tell a clear and compelling story:

 

153 arts programs have been created or expanded in NYC schools since the addition of the Sing for Hope Pianos—more than one new program per Citizen Artist School!

34,000 students use Sing for Hope Pianos in their schools during the year.

17,000 of those students use their pianos in their General Music Classes.

6,000 use the piano in Chorus, Band, or Dance.

2,500 use the piano in their School Musical.

There are 500 more young pianists in NYC thanks to piano lessons offered on Sing for Hope Pianos.

Schools receiving SFH Pianos in fall of 2018 include:

Bronx: The Family School, Lorraine Hansberry School, PS 18 John Peter Zenger, PS 21 The Philip H. Sheridan School, PS 30X The Wilton School, PS 314x Fairmont Neighborhood School, PS 596x, PS 63 Author’s Academy, South Bronx Academy for Applied Media, and Theater Arts Production Company High School

Brooklyn: 811K The Connie Lekas School, Academy of Urban Planning and Engineering, Acorn Community High School, The Benjamin Franklin Magnet School, Brooklyn’s Daily Discovery Pre-K, City Polytechnic High School, IS 285 Meyer Levin, John Wilson Intermediate School, Madiba Prep Middle School, The Mary McLeod Bethune School, PS 147, PS 230 Doris Cohen School, PS 262, PS 770, PS 81 Thaddeus Stevens, PS/IS 184 The Newport School, Ronald Edmonds Learning Center II, Science Skills Center High School for Science Technology and the Creative Arts, South Brooklyn Community HS, and West Brooklyn Community High School

Manhattan: Inwood Early College, John B. Russwurm Elementary School, Manhattan Hunter Science High School, PS 102 Jacques Cartier School, PS 194 Countee Cullen Academy for Scholars, Riverside School for Makers and Artists, Talent Unlimited HS, The Facing History School, Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School (WHEELS), and Child Zone at Mount Sinai

Queens: Flushing High School, IS 10Q Horace Greeley Intermediate School, Louis Armstrong Middle School, PS 64Q, PS 175Q Lynn Gross Discovery, PS 181 The Brookfield School, and PS 197Q The Ocean School

Staten Island: IS 72, PS 23, and PS 373 The Robert Randall School

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