Sing for Hope transforms lives throughout New York City by making the arts accessible to all.
Through the volunteer service of over 1,500 artists-including opera singers, actors, jazz musicians, dancers, puppeteers, visual artists, and more-Sing for Hope brings dynamic arts outreach programming to under-resourced communities throughout NYC, igniting the spark of creative innovation in everyone from hospital patients to neighborhood centers to students of all ages.
Sing for Hope's programs are provided free-of-charge for participants and range from after-school arts classes to collaborative hospital concerts to our flagship public art initiative, The Sing for Hope Pianos. A celebration of our vision of art for all, The Sing for Hope Pianos bring 88 artist-designed pianos to the parks and public spaces of the five boroughs for anyone and everyone to play. These colorful instruments - each created by a Volunteer Artist or notable New Yorker - enliven our city's public spaces for two weeks and are then donated to the community-based organizations we serve year-round, enriching lives for years to come. One of the largest installations of its kind, The Sing for Hope Pianos reaches an estimated 2 million New Yorkers and visitors every year.
Each Sing for Hope program is defined by the volunteerism of professional artists, the needs of the community, and our belief in the transformative power of the arts. Sing for Hope is a registered 501©(3) non-profit organization.
On June 18, 2014, on the occasion of the Chronic Care Center's 20th anniversary, the Center hosted the manager of the Sing of Hope organization, the worldwide renowned Soprano Monica Yunus, and the international Jazz player Jonathan Batiste accompanied by The Stay Human Band.
They chose music as means of expression to draw a smile on the children's faces.
The encounter was emotional and touching. After the anniversary cake was cut, the winner of the drawing competition was announced. The competition was launched previously by the Center, and the children took the chance to express their gratitude to the Chronic Care Center and its friends, who gave them a chance to experience life differently, through their support and help to live with their chronic illness in a positive way.
The ultimate goal of the Yunus Centre is to create poverty museums, after bringing an end to poverty in each area --- in villages, cities, counties, provinces, and countries. The Centre strives to engage individuals and organizations in creating, promoting, and maintaining social business by spreading the concept through workshops, internships, projects etc.