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Current U-M students and graduates will decoratively paint three pianos presented in locations throughout Ann Arbor from May 1-June 21. On June 21, the pianos will appear at Top of the Park as a finale for a Make Music Day community concert.


Michigan Theater

Ann Arbor Farmers Market

U-M Shapiro Library

Ashley Gray, a U-M student at the School of Kinesiology, proposed the project to the U-M Arts Initiative Collaborative Projects funding program, which supports large-scale projects that activate the campus and local community. Projects chosen for support increase arts engagement for U-M students, faculty, staff, and the region, leveraging interdisciplinary partnerships for impact that could not be achieved effectively by one partner alone, and Community Keys demonstrates that spirit.

All U-M undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at the Ann Arbor, Dearborn, or Flint U‑M campuses were invited to submit a mock-up design for Community Keys. Piano artwork designs are featured by First Year U-M Biochemistry student Vivien Wang, First Year Earth & Environmental Science student Avery Jura, and a team of undergraduate student members of the Michigan Sport Business Conference (MSBC).

“The mission of the U-M Arts Initiative is to support our faculty and students in making big, bold, and beautiful ideas come to life. Ashley Gray’s Community Keys not only invites everyone—on campus and off—to enjoy and even to make music, it sends a vital message about how art brings us together as a community,” notes Mark Clague, interim director of the Arts Initiative. “That the grand finale of the whole project will come together at this year’s Ann Arbor Summer Festival couldn’t be more perfect.”

A2SF champions performing arts, outdoor entertainment, and community spirit. In addition to a nearly four-week festival each June that attracts a diverse audience of over 80,000 people and offers over 200 concerts, art exhibitions, kids activities, spectacle, and film screenings, A2SF presents compelling experiences throughout the year on the campus of the University of Michigan and throughout Washtenaw County.

The mission of A2SF is to present a world-class celebration of arts and entertainment that enriches the cultural, economic, and social vitality of the region. A2SF was founded as a partnership between the University of Michigan and the City of Ann Arbor and produced its first season in 1984. For more information on all events, please visit A2SF.ORG.

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