GO Ahead & Play
We are glad you played!
Thanks to everyone who came out to play and enjoy GO Ahead & Play pop-up pianos, transformed by local artists. The pianos were enjoyed and celebrated in public spaces and in the neighborhoods of some organizations serving women and girls in central Indiana. Click the "Map" button above to see where all 20 pianos were located August 1-18, 2013.
A student-led public art project.
Women's Fund GO Ahead & Play is a public art project led by 6th-12th grade GO: Give Back students. GO students used their talent, time and leadership to bring art and music to central Indiana. The project was completely student-driven and was guided by parents and Women's Fund staff.
GO students created this wonderful 62 second video promoting the project.
Why pop-up pianos? Our inspiration.
GO Ahead & Play was based on Sing for Hope, an organization founded by Monica Yunus, whose father Muhammad Yunus founded Grameen Bank. Women’s Fund is a lead funder in starting Grameen Indianapolis, a microloan program helping women start small businesses.
Thank you, sponsors!
If you have an opportunity, please take your business to our generous sponsors, listed to the right.
GO Ahead & Play in review
See the GO Ahead & Play conversation and photos on social media: Instagram and Twitter: @womensfundindy #indypianos, facebook.com/womensfund. Read weekly Thursday blogs from May-August, 2013. Check the "news" section of our blog to see GO Ahead & Play in the media.
Pianos on public display
Press conference launching the public display of GO Ahead & Play pianos
Preview Party festivities
Open House event
Artists transform pianos in the Women's Fund Workshop
First through fifth grade GO students use their creativity to inspire a Hidden Objects "seek and find" piano.
Catalyst Construction Management, Inc., Construction Sponsor, creates a custom two-seater bench for all twenty pianos.
GO students Hannah and Rachel joined Jennifer Pope Baker to discuss GO Ahead & Play with Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.
GO students, Catherine and Mattie, with Jennifer Pletcher, GO Educational Consultant, share about GO Ahead & Play with Indy Style at WISH-TV 8. View the segment on Indy Style's site.
Jay's Moving Company, Moving Sponsor, works hard to move our pianos, which were donated by individuals and businesses throughout central Indiana. The movers were overheard saying one piano weighed 450 pounds!
Pianos settle in at their new home, the Women's Fund Workshop, donated by Sandor Development Company.
"I have been involved in GO for 11 years. As a member of GO, I have had the opportunity to learn about philanthropy through experiential education. My favorite session of GO was when we discussed the effects of the media on body image and self esteem. It was really powerful to be able to sit in a room full of young women like myself and discuss the potential of the media’s capability to influence so many aspects of our lives, but furthermore, how we could transcend that as media literate women. GO has really shaped me into who I am today as I am always looking for ways to give back to the community. I started the Gender Equality Club at my school to discuss issues such as media literacy, street harassment, and feminism on a global scale. We hosted the first Indianapolis Chalk Walk as a means of speaking up against street harassment and had over thirty participants."