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B-Town Piano Project asks for donations for Bloomington piano covers

<p>Volunteers of the B-Town Piano Project install a piano on Indiana Avenue. Started by B-Town Piano Project founder Chandler Bridges, the project is meant to make musical instruments more accessible.</p>

Volunteers of the B-Town Piano Project install a piano on Indiana Avenue. Started by B-Town Piano Project founder Chandler Bridges, the project is meant to make musical instruments more accessible.

B-Town Piano Project, in collaboration with Artisan Alley, is asking for donations to purchase piano covers for painted pianos located outside. 

These clear plastic covers, priced between $30-$40 each, are necessary to keep the pianos in working order during the winter. Any additional funding will be used for annual tunings, paint-related expenses and piano transportation, according to an Artisan Alley Instagram post.

B-Town Piano Project began when founder Chandler Bridges saw a painted piano in Florence, Alabama. He was inspired and started the project to ensure public access to musical instruments in 2020 in Bloomington, according to the project’s website.

Local artists and high school students paint the pianos. With the support of Artisan Alley, the project has expanded to include artists, musicians and audio engineers, who paint and tune the piano. Artisan Alley is a local creative nonprofit providing affordable resources to the Bloomington community.

Before this fundraiser, Bridges had funded the project himself. The website said B-Town Piano Project’s goal is to make Bloomington brighter and more musical.

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