Community Arts Workshop Tuning Up for Improvised Pianos on State Event | Local News

Source: Casey Caldwell for Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative and Community Arts Workshop

November 5, 2020
| 12:32 p.m.

A piano performance on State Street from a previous year of Pianos on State.Click to view larger

A piano performance on State Street from a previous year of Pianos on State. (A. Arthur Fisher)

An artist paints a flower on a piano at Santa Barbara’s Community Arts Workshop for an earlier Pianos on State event.Click to view larger

An artist paints a flower on a piano at Santa Barbara’s Community Arts Workshop for an earlier Pianos on State event. (Courtesy Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative.)

Pianos on State has been enlivening Santa Barbara’s downtown for 11 years, spontaneously reintroducing music and art into people’s everyday lives. This year, however, with safety concerns due to the pandemic, Pianos on State has done some improvising and will be staged as an online experience, Nov. 13-25.

The iconic painted pianos will be transported to local performing arts venues: the Lobero Theatre, Santa Barbara Bowl, Marjorie Luke Theatre, SOHO, and Center Stage Theater to be featured in the virtual concerts.

Pianos will be painted at the Community Arts Workshop (CAW) by local artists, as always, with thorough COVID-19 safety measures in place. There will also be a livestream from the CAW with local musicians and community members.

During November, community members also are invited to create videos of themselves playing piano-based music from their homes, and speaking to what music means to them in these times. Videos can be posted to the Pianos on State Facebook page and to individual’s social media accounts with hashtags #pianosonstate2020 and #arthelps.

Online Concert Series Venues and Dates:

● The Santa Barbara Bowl — Happy Half-Hour Performance Livestream, 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13 on Instagram @sbbowl.

● Lobero Theatre — Performance online 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17 featuring Zach Gill and Opera Santa Barbara.

● Community Arts Workshop — Performance online Sunday afternoon Nov. 22.

● Marjorie Luke Theatre — Performance online 9 a.m. Wednesday Nov. 25, with artists Brian Mann, Gil Rosas, Michael Mortilla, Sio Tepper, Mendeleyev and Jay Real.

● Center Stage Theatre —  Performance date TBA.

● SOHO — Piano performance with Zach Gill, concert release date TBA.

Follow along with the latest updates at facebook.com/pianosonstate, instagram.com/pianosonstate and pianosonstate.com.

2020 artists are: Solange Aguilar, Ginny Brush, Eliesa Bollinger, Adrienne DeGuevara, Judy Nilsen, Wanda Venturelli, David Diamant, Stephen Harper, Jack Mohr, Karen Putnam (with community members contributing), and Irene Ramirez.

2020 sponsors:

Foundational Sponsors: The Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation; Leadership Sponsor: Santa Barbara Beautiful; Artist Sponsor: Santa Barbara Independent; Piano Sponsors The Towbes Group, VOICE Magazine, Santa Barbara Chapter of The Piano Technicians Guild, Downtown Santa Barbara, Inc.

2020 Program Partners are: Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative & CAW, Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture, city of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Education Foundation, Downtown Santa Barbara, Inc.

To contribute to Pianos on State, visit https://secure.givelively.org/donate/santa-barbara-arts-collaborative-inc/pianos-on-state.