Local student and teacher team up to design piano

Two ASIA North Poplar teachers travelled to New York City to paint a piano for a public art project to be displayed in an NYC park.

Two ASIA North Poplar teachers painted this piano

Two ASIA North Poplar teachers painted this piano

A colourful piano adorned with a moose and carvings from Abbotsford students will soon grace a public space in New York City.

Over spring break, Chelaine Neufeldt and Shannon Thiesen – who teach kindergarten and Grade 5 students, respectively, at ASIA North Poplar elementary – travelled to New York to paint one of 50 unique pianos as part of a program created by a non-profit called Sing For Hope. The pianos will be deployed in parks and public spaces around New York City in June before eventually being placed in the city’s schools.

The Abbotsford teachers designed their piano in collaboration with students. The front of the piano featured a “technicolour Canadian” moose dripping colours from its large antlers, while the top and back of the instrument featured wood discs painted by the Abbotsford students.

Other participants in the art project included a world-famous photographer, an NFL player, two music stars, and a renowned fashion designer.

When it came time to promote the project, the non-profit organization showcased the Abbotsford-designed piano. The organization says the pianos will be enjoyed by one million New Yorkers during their 11 days on display.