By Jennifer McKee

Many cities are famous for their public mural programs. While Augusta has its share of murals, our downtown is known for something more interactive—Painted Pianos.

You’ve no doubt seen them as you’ve driven down Greene Street or walked past the Book Tavern on Broad Street. A source of endless delight—and inspiration—the Painted Piano Project was created by the Jessye Norman School of the Arts to connect the community to the arts in a meaningful way.

On June 19, a new piano becomes part of downtown’s fabric. It’s located in the lobby of the Hyatt House at 1286 Broad Street. The piano’s artwork was created by 16-year-old Railey Warren, a local known for her dynamic chalk streetscapes.

Warren created her piano with hidden “Easter eggs” that harken Augusta’s best-known landmarks. She got the idea from material on the Augusta Convention and Visitor Bureau’s website that highlights the area’s native species, outdoor resources and attractions.

To see Warren’s work, follow her on Instagram @artsyrew. For more information on the Painted Piano Project, visit

Feature Photo by Amy J. Owen
Photo provided by Jessye Norman school