May 22, 2017
Facilities Management
Bill Paulus


Pianos on Parade

Dear FM,

When people think of Facilities Management, they probably don’t immediately think of art or music. But beginning this summer, the ReUse Center will be participating in Pianos on Parade, a project that provides interactive, public art installations. It’s part of our larger effort to provide place-based experiences on campus, which include Goldy signs during commencement and welcome week and other activities throughout the year. For Pianos on Parade, artists are given a piano and encouraged to paint it; the piano is then placed in a public space for the benefit of the community. The ReUse Center receives many old pianos each year and because they are expensive to move and repair, they are often hard to sell or even give away. Bringing Pianos on Parade to campus is a way to engage the University community in art and music and raise awareness of pianos available at ReUse.

Our piano, designed by artist Andrea Edstrom and featuring Goldy Gopher, will be located first in Lind Hall, where summer visitors will be encouraged to stop and play or admire the unique art on the instrument. The piano will move to different buildings during the course of the next year, so when you see it, enjoy the music (or make your own!) courtesy of FM.  

I hope you all are looking forward to the Memorial Day holiday and enjoy the well-deserved long weekend!


Weekly Notes

  • Learn more about Keys 4/4 Kids, the Pianos on Parade parent organization, founded by U of M alum Newell Hill.
  • The new Administrative policy update on access to University buildings after hours is currently in the mandatory 30-day review and comments period. Learn more and comment before June 2. Thanks to those who worked on the policy, which proposes students, staff and faculty must carry their U card when accessing any building after hours.
  • Have an item to share with all FM? Send it to Christie Wells to be included in the Weekly Notes.

Bill Paulus the interim AVP for FM
Bill Paulus is the interim Associate Vice President for Facilities Management. He regularly publishes memos to communicate information and issues that affect FM staff.