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A Muslim Artist Uses Colorful Pianos to Build Peace

A Muslim Artist Uses Colorful Pianos to Build Peace

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You may have heard of Malek Jandali, the composer who used his music to protest against the Assad regime. In retaliation, Bashar Al-Assad tortured his parents who were inside Syria. Thankfully, Jandali was able to bring his parents to the U.S. where they are now safe from the brutality of the Assad regime. Now, Jandali is using his creative talent to build peace in Atlanta, GA. He began a non-profit called Pianos for Peace, and with other peace-builders in Atlanta, Jandali will launch Pianos for Peace followed by a two-week festival.

Join Pianos For Peace at noon on November 14 at the Central Library in Downtown to learn more. They will be there as part of the library's 'Poetic Voices of the Muslim World' exhibit.

If you are an artist, a philanthropist, a parent, or a community member, you should join this fun and engaging effort to bring families and communities together. Below is a press release by Pianos for Peace about their upcoming event launch. Join this beautiful effort!

Atlanta-Based Charity Uses Colorful Pianos to Build Peace Official Launch On International Peace Day – September 21, 2015

ATLANTA—September 04, 2015— Pianos For Peace is an emerging Atlanta-based nonprofit with the goal of building peace through performing arts, education and humanitarian programs. Founded by world-renowned composer and pianist, Malek Jandali, Pianos For Peace engages communities to grow through philanthropy and music.

The life of a Piano For Peace is nothing short of a wild ride. First, artists and students work to brighten up the instruments with creative designs and paintings. Next, the pianos become the centerpiece of the annual Pianos For Peace Festival, and are laid out in public parks and neighborhoods for everyone in the community to play and enjoy. After the two-week festival in April, the colorful pianos are donated to schools, healthcare facilities, community centers, nursing homes and other deserving organizations to engage artists and empower volunteers to further the education and healing of its recipients.

With its diverse team of professors, filmmakers, students and philanthropists, its affiliation with the City of Atlanta, and 28 vibrant pianos currently in its Atlanta warehouse, Pianos For Peace is positioned to truly make some noise and make a difference, locally and globally. “Music unites people and humanizes us,” said Malek Jandali in a recent interview with NPR. “That’s my goal.”

The official launch of Pianos For Peace is Monday, September 21, 2015 on International Peace Day. At this stage, Pianos For Peace is seeking corporate sponsors, artists, volunteers and ambassadors for peace. For more information on how to join in peace building, visit Pianos For Peace

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