FRIDAY, MAY 4th from 5-8pm. City Sounds will unveil the 2018 pianos and give the public a rare opportunity to meet the artists that created them. See the pianos before they hit the streets and vote on your favorite piano!

Thank you 2017 supporters

Thank you to all our 2017 sponsors, piano caretakers, artists and volunteers! Without you the Des Moines Public Piano project would not be possible. Find out more about our supporters and see you you can get involved!

winter piano is now available

You asked for it and we've done it. Come visit our winter piano at the Mainframe Studios lobby, daily from 9am-5pm. 




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. 

We want our community to experience music as part of their daily lives not just something they pay to see. Places where music is ubiquitous in the culture are healthier, happier and more harmonious. That is the real power of music.
— Kathryn Dickel, Co- Founder of City Sounds
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, co-founder 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!