Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

TPAC Makes Street Piano Available to Public on S.E. Quincy

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

TPAC Makes Street Piano Available to Public on S.E. Quincy

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Passersby walking down the 800 block of S.E. Quincy are likely to stumble across a lone grand piano sitting on the pavement outside of the Topeka Performing Arts Center with signs saying "Play me."

This isn't an advertising ploy or a promotional scheme; it is simply a piano for the public to play, courtesy of TPAC, Larry Gawronski, executive director, said.

"There's no ulterior motive other than I think people will like to play," he said.

The piano, which will be placed outside every day this summer during TPAC's operating hours -- 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. -- spent 95 percent of its time in TPAC storage before making the switch to street instrument, Gawronski said.

"We hardly used it. So, let's have some fun with it," he said. …

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