A Big Idea: Pianos in Public Parks

Soprano singers Camille Zamora and Monica Yunus take art beyond the opera house.
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A Sing for Hope piano on the Aspen Institute's campus. (The Aspen Institute)

Soprano singers Camille Zamora and Monica Yunus met as students at Juilliard in the late '90s. A decade and a half later, they both have brilliant careers in opera -- and a shared mission to help artists engage in local communities. This summer, their organization, Sing for Hope, placed 88 artist-designed pianos in parks and public spaces throughout the five boroughs of New York. Later, they'll be donated to schools, hospitals, and community organizations.

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Emma Green is the assistant managing editor of TheAtlantic.com, where she also writes about religion and culture.

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