On Sunday, Play Me Again Pianos unveiled a piano designed and decorated by Westminster students.
The non-profit organization installs and promotes public pianos across metro Atlanta, including the Westminster piano at Plaza Fiesta in Chamblee.
During the design process, eighth grade art students interviewed vendors at the mall to ensure the piano would fit well with the culture of the space. Students named the piano "Iris" for the Spanish phrase for rainbow, "arco iris" (arco meaning arch), which is reflected in the design.
Westminster and Plaza Fiesta have a long, close relationship that dates back more than 15 years when juniors in the Spanish V Service Learning course offered free English classes to passers-by in the food court. Since then, management and vendors at Plaza Fiesta have welcomed students in their stores, halls, and stages for many partnerships and events. The list of joint initiatives includes Westminster and Cross Keys High School students partnering with a Mexican muralist to design and paint the mural near the mall entrance, Westminster a capella students singing the national anthem and presenting the colors at Mexico’s Fiestas Patrias, Middle Schoolers collaborating in the Fiesta de Libros book festival, and current Spanish students working directly with vendors to teach English, prepare for citizenship tests, and practice Spanish.
Play Me Again Pianos places, maintains, and promotes public pianos to strengthen communities, inspire joy, and bring people together through shared encounters with public music and art. Each piano is uniquely painted by a variety of volunteer artists ranging from internationally-acclaimed professionals to aspiring students. The organization is currently working to place 88 pianos throughout metro Atlanta.