In 2016, Play Me, I’m Yours, a public display featuring 60 pianos designed by local artists and placed in outdoor public spaces, returned to Boston. One of the pianos was designed by Newburyport, Massachusetts artist Jeff Monahan. MAKING MEMORIES featured large word graphics to show the connection between music and the brain.
Monahan’s wife, Barbara Chambers of Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, said, “Music plays an important role in memory for those with Alzheimer’s. People with advanced Alzheimer’s who remember very little will remember music.”
With his piano, Monahan wanted to help educate people about the role music can play for those with Alzheimer’s, and celebrate its importance in all of our lives. He dedicated the piano to all those suffering from Alzheimer’s and helped raise awareness, one note at a time. After the public exhibit, most pianos are in disrepair due to weather conditions, However, the MAKING MEMORIES piano survived the elements and was acquired by a Boston company that provides props for movies and television shows.