First London, now Palm Beach County! Local artists are painting old pianos and turning them into “playable” works of art. They will be displayed around Palm Beach County from November 2nd through November- 17th, and Arts Garage in Delray Beach has been chosen as one of the locations. The decorated piano will grace the great mall near Arts Garage and everyone is encouraged to tinkle the ivories! Kathi Kretzer of Kretzer Piano in Jupiter developed the local initiative after learning of similar projects in London and New York City. The newly-formed Kretzer Piano Music Foundation will present this colorful event, bringing attention to the mission of the foundation which is to provide music lessons and performing opportunities to everyone, especially underprivileged children. “Arts Garage is honored to be involved in this innovative program,” said Executive Director Alyona Ushe. “Bringing music into the lives of our youth is one of the main missions of Arts Garage and being selected for this initiative is something we are very proud of.” The piano at Arts Garage will be decorated by Joseph Dzwill. The self-taught artist, whose art is on display in New York and Florida galleries, works in many mediums and forms. His piano’s art is inspired by the geometric design of the keys. The eighteen used baby grand and upright pianos are being donated by the Kretzer Piano Music Foundation and local residents. A “piano buddy” at each site will cover the instruments at night and during inclement weather. And while professional pianists and music groups volunteer to go around and perform scheduled concerts on the pianos, Kretzer said that the most fun is in children (up to age 94) sitting down and plunking away. “The main message is that everyone is invited and everyone can play,” Kretzer explained. “And after their public debut, the pianos will be donated to local children’s charities and community organizations, enriching lives for years to come. These whimsically-painted pianos will be found at the following locations: Arts Garage, City Center Plaza, CityPlace, Clematis Street, Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Palm Beach County Cultural Council, Downtown at the Gardens, Downtown West Palm Beach Waterfront, Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Kretzer Piano in Jupiter, the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium and other fun venues throughout the area. Keys to the Cities is a collaborative project of the Kretzer Piano Music Foundation, the City of West Palm Beach, D.C. Moore Piano Movers, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County and Jerry’s Artarama. There will be a big Kick-Off party in the Lake Pavilion in West Palm Beach on Friday, November 1 from 7 pm-9 pm. Tickets are $100 each payable to the Kretzer Piano Music Foundation, Inc. a 501 (c)(3). Be among the first to see the Keys to the Cities pianos before they hit the streets of Palm Beach County! Open bar, hors d’oeuvres, live music, mix and mingle with the artists and a piano “orchestra” of 18 pianos being played simultaneously! We hope you’ll join us in celebrating the arts, one key at a time! Be a part of the conversation and tag your photos and tweets with #keystothecities. To see more of the painted pianos, check out “Keys to the Cities” on Facebook.