MUSIC EVERYWHERE

 
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PARTNER SPOTLIGHT

Mainframe Studios has been an avid supporter of City Sounds since day one. Thank you Mainframe! 

Mainframe Studios has been an avid supporter of City Sounds since day one. Thank you Mainframe! 

ART AUCTION PICK UP

If you still need to pick your your art from the auction, please visit the MIDWESTIX office at 857 17th Street between 10am-4pm - Monday through Friday.

If you still need to pick your your art from the auction, please visit the MIDWESTIX office at 857 17th Street between 10am-4pm - Monday through Friday.

IN THE NEWS

Cat Rocketship, one of the artists for the 2017 season, was a speaker in the Des Moines Storytellers Project's most recent event "Besties: Tales of Friendship – whether fleeting or ever-lasting." Hear her track here. The Des Moines Storytellers Project is part of a nationwide series of live, curated events from the USA TODAY NETWORK that helps connect communities to diverse audiences. 

Cat Rocketship, one of the artists for the 2017 season, was a speaker in the Des Moines Storytellers Project's most recent event "Besties: Tales of Friendship – whether fleeting or ever-lasting." Hear her track here. The Des Moines Storytellers Project is part of a nationwide series of live, curated events from the USA TODAY NETWORK that helps connect communities to diverse audiences. 

 

 

Mission

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!

2016

2014

2015

2017

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