Play Me, San Rafael provides vibrantly painted upright pianos in publicly accessible locations throughout San Rafael for all to play. The pianos are stored during harsh weather, locked overnight, and frequently checked up on and maintained to ensure their best quality. Local artists paint the pianos and businesses then can choose to adopt a piano to have at their location. Learn more about how to contribute to the program on the Support page.
Enriching Lives through Music (ELM) is a full scholarship, multi-year music program for over 120 students in the Canal neighborhood of San Rafael. ELM's mission is to change lives through the study, practice, and performance of music. Play Me, San Rafael aims to create awareness about and support music and art in our community.
Ryan Chiang, a Marin Academy senior born and raised in San Rafael, stumbled upon street pianos during a family trip. Upon returning home, he noticed other street piano programs locally, such as San Francisco and Petaluma, and was inspired to bring the concept to his hometown. As an intern of ELM, he realized it was a perfect opportunity to raise awareness and support for the program.
"The power of public pianos will break the language barrier and bring vibrancy, a sense of community, and joy to strangers who would otherwise not be connected."
—Ryan Chiang, Marin Academy senior