Music Event Fund



Pianos About Town

Pianos About Town is a collaborative project among Bohemian Foundation, the Downtown Development Authority's Art in Action Program, and the City of Fort Collins’ Art in Public Places Program. The project involves local artists painting murals on pianos at the Art in Action Stage in Old Town Square where the public can watch the creative process and interact with the artists. Pianos About Town is intended to be a fun, interactive art installation that creates an additional element of whimsy and surprise to Fort Collins. These colorfully-painted pianos are then rotated about town for the public to enjoy as both musical instruments and works of art.

The first pianos were placed in Old Town during the 2010 holiday season and were an instant hit. Painting of the pianos continues throughout the year, but is moved to indoor venues during the winter months. Area businesses play a key role in the success of the project by "adopting" the painted pianos and covering them during inclement weather. The impromptu nature of the project adds the color of music to enliven these known areas like never before.

So, as you are enjoying all Fort Collins has to offer with your family and friends, share your musical talent or enjoy someone else's at one of the many Pianos About Town!

Go to the Pianos Facebook page to share your own experiences and to view posts, photos and videos shared by others. 

Chris Bates Profile, Pianos About Town

Artist Profile

Pianos About Town
Chris Bates


Local artist Chris Bates painted his second piano mural for the Pianos About Town project in August 2011. Chris brought in musicians from the group Viewsic Art to perform as he painted, creating a unique "music meets visual arts" experience in Old Town Square. Pianos About Town co-sponsored the outdoor event with Beet Street's Streetmosphere program. See below for a video profile of Chris and his performance with Viewsic.