Sing For Hope
|Founder||Camille Zamora, Monica Yunus|
|New York City|
|Mission||Sing for Hope makes art accessible to all|
Sing for Hope is a non-profit organization founded by opera singers Monica Yunus and Camille Zamora. The two New York City based vocalists and alumnae of the Juilliard School established Sing for Hope as a resource for New York artists who want to use their art give back to their community.
The Sing for Hope vision of art for all reflects the belief that the arts have unique power to uplift and unite individuals and communities. Sing for Hope's outreach programs in New York City’s under-resourced neighborhoods – from schools to community centers to healthcare facilities across the five boroughs – demonstrate this every day. Each Sing for Hope program is defined by the volunteer service of artists, the needs of the community, and our belief in the transformative power of the arts.
Sing for Hope’s volunteers are the engine that drive their mission. The Volunteer Artist Roster features artists from almost every artistic discipline. Through the broad range of arts outreach programming, Sing for Hope connects this “artists’ peace corps” of more than 1,000 volunteers with under-resourced schools, healthcare facilities, and community-based organizations. The dedicated involvement of these Volunteer Artists allows Sing for Hope a vast scope and enables the power of art to reach millions of people.
The Sing for Hope Pianos project, one of New York City's largest public art projects, brings 88 pianos – representing each of the 88 keys on a piano – to the parks and public places of all five boroughs for all to play and enjoy. The pianos feature formal and impromptu concerts by amateurs and artists alike in an open festival of music involving all elements of New York’s culturally diverse population. Following their two-week public residency, The Sing for Hope Pianos are donated to schools, healthcare facilities, and community centers, enriching lives for years to come. CBS News wrote that the project was "reminding us all of the power of music to inspire and unite."
- "Uniting Artists, Uniting Communities", Leaders magazine, vol. 34, Issue No.3 (Autumn 2011)
- Tommasini, Anthony. "Sirens, Trucks’ Gears and Piano Melodies in the Great Outdoors", The New York Times, July 6, 2011
- Birnbaum, Amy. "Sing for Hope Wants New Yorkers Playing Piano All Summer", CBS News, June 21, 2010
- Piano project
- Sing for Hope street pianos
- MSNBC feature on the pianos
- Camille Zamora explains the piano project on YouTube