Heights Arts announces a double adoption
To the Editor:
Heights Arts and the City of Cleveland Heights have new additions to our families. This summer, Heights Arts participated in the Play Me, I’m Yours street piano project, thanks to the generous donation of an upright piano by Cleveland Heights residents Faith and Brendan Gill. The piano was placed in the mini-park beside our gallery on Lee Road for passers-by to play. As the seasons changed, we knew that the piano would need a new home before the weather took its toll, and as its original purpose was to spark imagination and creativity outdoors, it was not a viable option for our indoor performance needs.
Finding a new home for the piano, dubbed Close Encounters, was not an easy task. We agonized over the possibility of its surrender to the junk yard. When we were about to give up, Tanisha Briley, newly appointed city manager, asked how the city and Heights Arts could work together on a project. Our piano leaped to mind and, thankfully, Briley and Susanna Nierman O’Neil, vice city manager, had the answer—the city would adopt our piano and place it in the Community Center where it will continue to be available to the public, and where it can brighten peoples’ days with its vibrant colors and beautiful tones.
I shared this happy news with Jeff Coryell, newly elected city council member, and at the same time lamented the absence of a piano in our gallery. He connected me with Laura Marks, who knew of a family that was looking for a new home for a baby grand piano, and we are so pleased that Heights Arts is its new home. Stop by our Holiday Store and admire its beauty and look forward to concerts presented right here in the gallery. While you’re at it, enjoy the works of more than 70 regional artists—the best gifts one can give.
Executive Director of Heights Arts