The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System is pleased to be participating in one of the largest public art display projects in the city; the 2016 Music Festival for Peace. Pianos For Peace, a non-profit organization founded by composer and pianist Malek Jandali to transform communities and build peace through music and education, is launching its first annual outdoor festival and community arts program with a public unveiling of all 29 painted pianos on Saturday, September 3rd throughout metro Atlanta. Visitors of the Central Library, located at One Margaret Mitchell Square in downtown Atlanta, will have the opportunity to see, play and enjoy one of the beautifully hand painted pianos.
Dr. Gabriel Morley, Director of Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System shared “People talk and talk and talk about peace, but not many people do anything about it. Malek Jandali, however, is doing something about it. Malek is combining two of the most important elements of the human condition – music and art – to build a lyrical forcefield of peace around the City of Atlanta. Here’s a guy who is so committed to the idea of a peaceful society, he is using his art, in this case music, to bring people together. Malek Jandali is combining his talent to bring about a change that is truly from the heart. I applaud his commitment to ensuring that ‘Peace Wins’ and that love can conquer all of our society’s challenges. The library is pleased to do its part to support the upcoming Pianos for Peace Festival,” Morley said. “I want to invite everyone in the city to stop by the library and take their turn at our festival piano in order to ensure that peace wins.”
Bring your friends and family for a visit to Central Library and make memories by being a part of this Music Festival for Peace. The Pianos for Peace exhibit runs through September 18th.
Branch Group Administrator Teryn Gilliam had the great pleasure meeting the internationally acclaimed pianist and composer Malek Jandali. He's the Founder and CEO of Pianos for Peace. He performed with local filmmaker Ameer Muhammad for a concert on the front terrace of the library.
Branch Group Administrator Teryn Gilliam shows off her skills and entertained on lookers by playing her 7th grade recital piece and receiving a standing ovation.