FUTURE: Sault Ste. Marie

Public Pianos

FutureSSM and the Algoma District School Board (ADSB) partnered in a project to design and paint street pianos for use in our downtown area. This initiative is part of FutureSSM’s larger Community Art Project (CAP) which aims to revitalize neighborhoods, provide mentorship opportunities for youth, celebrate local history, promote arts & culture, and create economic opportunities.

After putting out a public call for pianos, the response from the community was overwhelming. Over 16 pianos were donated in just over 48 hours. 

This partnership provided a valuable opportunity for 40 secondary students enrolled in the Arts and Culture Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program at White Pines and over 80 elementary school students to work on a Community-Connected Experiential Learning (CCEL) project.  Over the last 2 months, White Pines students designed the pianos and then organized Arts and Cultural days for elementary school students from East View, Grand View, Anna McCrea and Pinewood Public Schools. 

On the days that the elementary school students visited White Pines, the secondary students mentored the grade 4 and 5 students in both visual and musical arts.  The younger students helped paint the pianos, learned to play the ukulele and piano, and were entertained by some of the school’s most talented musicians.   Since the school also offers the Construction SHSM program, the work of the students in these classes supported the initiative by sanding and priming the pianos to get them ready for painting and outdoor use.