From Santa Fe to West Africa to the rest of the globe, Wanderlust Edventures is dedicated to bringing joy and human connection through music. This summer, seven students from the Santa Fe area alongside mentor, Melinda Russial, have the opportunity to inaugurate this program and bring this message to Ghana. Through an immersive reciprocal education experience, we will begin our effort of global community building.
However, in order to take on this project and privilege, we will need to do quite a bit of fundraising. The Santa Fe "Play Me Piano Inauguration" will be our first student-led event to support our participation in the program through expressing our message to the community. The piano has been donated and will be painted with the West Africa message before being placed at the Sanbusco Shopping Center on Friday, December 20th. On that date, beginning at 12:00, there will be all sorts of live performances including music and dance performances by students from the Wanderlust West Africa, New Mexico School for the Arts, and local artists. Then, we will open the piano to you, the attending public, to jam your hearts out if you feel so inclined. Finally, starting at five 'o clock on December 20th, we will begin the first-ever "pianothon". Fellow students Mohit Dubey, Max Murphy, and Brass Burapa will create a specialized, improvised performance based on yo ur Indiegogo involvement! Come join us for a magnificent winter evening at the warming Sanbusco Shopping Center to celebrate music uniting people throughout the world and inaugurate this piano.
You can help us reach this goal by December 20th in many ways. First, spread our message. Tell people about what we do and take part in it yourself. Let us live vicariously together through this art. Secondly, we have set up this Indiegogo in order to accept donations that will determine the course of our pianothon. Be creative and generous and help us make this a beautiful, innovative performance. For one dollar, you can add six seconds, for five dollars, add thirty seconds, for ten dollars, add one minute, and so on! You can even request songs, both original and popular. And remember, any amount helps! No matter how much of our goal we meet, all the funds will go towards funding our trip to West Africa this summer.
Personal Message from Mohit Dubey:
Ever since I started attending New Mexico School For The Arts, I have been exploring the downtown area. Being from Los Alamos, it was exciting to have an amazing maze of culture to wander through after school as I waited for the bus. Occasionally, I would stumble upon a piano, perhaps in the basement of the La Fonda or below the Walrus and Eggman Gallery, and it was in these places where some of the most genuine musical moments of my life occurred. Last time I checked (about a year ago), both of those hidden pianos had been removed and there was not a single ivory key left within the public's reach.
Now, we have the opportunity to bring one of these amazing art and music installations to the Sanbusco Shopping Center for this winter and perhaps longer. A friend of mine recently reached out to me saying she was willing to donate a piano to this project. The idea is to decorate this piano (visual arts high school students are already on board) and bring it to the community, so that it can be integrated into any musical event: spontaneous or planned. This will all be completed over the next month and the piano will be ready for the inauguration ceremony on December 20th.
This is a fantastic way for these teenage artists to place their best foot forward and empower the local community, and the whole world, through music!
Although the inauguration event will be held on Friday, December 20th from noon until six o' clock, the piano itself will remain in the Sanbusco Shopping Center for anyone to use and spontaneously perform upon. We encourage you to come back and visit our piano, place your fingers upon the keys, and show it some love. The piano will be living at Sanbusco at least until the end of January, for the holiday season, but perhaps even longer if it becomes an integral part of downtown Santa Fe. Then, we hope to install more pianos throughout the area accompanied by more inauguration events to unite the community through music and art!