Player pianos takes new meaning in Portland

"Play it Forward" an effort from the Snowman Foundation

A man plays a piano that is placed inside the Portland Police Bureau, Oct. 7, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
A man plays a piano that is placed inside the Portland Police Bureau, Oct. 7, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — In an effort to give kids an alternative to crime, 10 pianos are being placed throughout Portland through a collaborative effort from the Portland Police Bureau and the Snowman Foundation.

A woman plays a piano that is placed inside the Portland Police Bureau, Oct. 7, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
A woman plays a piano that is placed inside the Portland Police Bureau, Oct. 7, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

The public pianos program has worked in other locales, and the success of it here in Portland may lead to it going elsewhere.

“What we have seen is that music gives kids an opportunity to do something productive, inside of maybe going out and shoplifting or causing trouble or not being in school, it gives them a goal and something to do,” said Amy Johnson with the Snowman Foundation.

Pianist Michael Allen Harrison helped the PPB launch the “Play it Forward” piano program in the city.

The exact location of where the 10 pianos will go has not yet been finalized.

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