City Sounds




City Sounds Public Piano project was started with a mission to engage the local arts community with people who may not have easy access to the wonderful visual artists and musicians our city has to offer. 

The whole purpose is to generate life on the street and generate activity. In other areas where they have done this, it has been a real boon to business because it gets people out on the street.
— Larry James, a co-founder with City Sounds

About Us

In 2014, City Sounds’ Founders Larry James and Kathryn Dickel worked with the City of Des Moines, West Music and a bevy of sponsors to place two pianos in downtown Des Moines. 2016 saw the project expand to 10 pianos and two new communities in the metro area as well as our first short-term "mobile piano" deployment during the 80/35 Music Festival. In 2017, we shift our focus to enhanced programming with:

1. New collaborations with Civic Music Association and Des Moines Bicycle Collective.
2. An Enhanced Season Opener.
3. Monthly Programming.



Want to see more? Check out our galleries from previous years!