Keys for Kids
The Foundation at Lake Charles Memorial Health System received 12 used,
upright pianos in late August 2018, donated by Hall Piano Company of Metairie,
LA. These pianos were the beginning of the Foundation’s latest community
Keys for Kids. Shortly afterward, an additional 10 pianos were donated.
The Foundation’s goal forKeys for Kids is to donate one hand-painted piano to all 34 public & private elementary
schools in the Lake Charles area. Eventually, we would like to include
all SWLA public & private elementary schools. We hope through this
initiative we will be planting a seed for the arts in the minds of young
All of the art work is being done by volunteer artists and staff from various
hospital departments. Memorial firmly believes that healing through the
arts works as a supplement to traditional medicine and in that regard
Art for the Soul program ten years ago. We now have over 900 donated, famed prints by Louisiana
artists hanging on the walls of our campuses and in our clinics. The
First Monday in the Atrium music series is also a success and features talented musicians, mainly
from the faculty and students of McNeese University, providing music for
our patients, staff and visitors on the first Monday of every month.
In addition to partnering with Hall Music Company and the George Rodrigue
Foundation for the Arts for the initial pianos, we received Sherwin Williams
as another partner providing all paints for the program. The Shearman
Foundation is helping with resources to have the pianos repaired and tuned.
Once we have enough pianos painted for our Lake Charles schools, we will
have them tuned and will partner with the Calcasieu Parish School Board
to have the majority of the pianos delivered to public elementary schools.
Our friends with the Lake Charles Fire Department will deliver to private
schools identified. In short, this is a wonderful collaboration from the
community - for the community - and by Lake Charles community hospital
If you are interested in becoming involved through financial support for
expenses like tuning, cleaning and repairing; donating a workable piano;
or by participating as an artist to paint a piano, please contact the
Leif Pedersen, Sr. Vice President of Philanthropy
1701 Oak Park Blvd., Lake Charles, LA 70601