Music is on the move
in downtown Kokomo thanks to a local family and a group of Kokomo High School
“The Downtown Art Piano,” a local family donated the piano and sponsors had it
fitted with a sturdy base and wheels to make it portable. Students then turned
it into a playable work of art that downtown businesses and organizations may
“check out.” A little tuning and it was ready to be played by the public.
made its official debut during First Friday in October. It will now be set out
periodically in downtown on different corners or in front of businesses that
have "checked out" the piano for the day.
Alyson Hatcher and
Kevin Sheets led the KHS students in the art project. Students participating
include Madison Reed, Demi Novinger, Labrina Barber, Lana Pham, Kiah Hanson, Cadence
Coy and Jonathan Ying.
The multimedia piece
features a view of Earth from afar with the students’ inspiration being “trying
to connect community and the world through the arts.”
had difficulty deciding what we wanted to do with such a huge canvas, but as a
group we worked together to create a piece,” said KHS student Demi Novinger. “It
took a lot of teamwork and dedication.”
is not the group’s first public art project. It’s also worked on the Kokomo
Speedway logo and the train mural along the Industrial Heritage Trail. Students
hope this isn’t the last either.
are pretty proud of our work and hope we get the opportunity again,” said Alyson
Greater Kokomo Downtown Association shares Hatcher’s excitement as this new
amenity allows the organization another step forward in its place-making
efforts, said Susan Alexander, manager of Downtown Initiatives for the
“It makes the downtown
experience richer with an opportunity to hear and play music,” Alexander said.
The project itself and
final outcome engage the community with downtown, which is at the heart of the
Downtown Association’s work, she said.
“It showcases local art
students and allows them to be a part of enriching the downtown experience with
the visual and performing arts,” she said. “While on display, it will also
engage local artistic talent as well.”
wishing to reserve The Downtown Art Piano may contact the Greater Kokomo
Downtown Association at 765-457-5301 ext. 1201 or email
Sponsors of the project
are the Greater Kokomo Downtown Association, Sound of Music, Rite Quality
Office Supplies and Daniels, Alexander & Daniels - Freedom Financial.