Mesa Arts Center Foundation’s Annual Gala Kicks off Street Pianos Mesa

360 guests enjoy an evening under the stars to mark the 10th anniversary of the opening of arts venue.

On Feb. 26, 360 guests assembled at Mesa Arts Center’s Shadow Walk to raise money to support the 10-year-old arts venue in downtown Mesa. The evening, hosted by Mesa Arts Center Foundation, kicked off Street Pianos Mesa, part of “Play Me I’m Yours,” a 50-city display of more than 1,400 pianos. It grossed in excess of $101,000, which will provide support for Mesa Arts Center’s Engagement programs that reach 54,000 people annually.

Robert’s Catering served a buffet menu that included salads, pastas, sliders and desserts. Composer and pianist Emily Bear, who at age 14 is one of the world’s most lauded and popular musicians and who arranged “The Bravest Journey” for 25 pianos, provided the evening’s entertainment.

Cassidy Campana chaired the festive occasion, and Emma Jade of 12 News served as the evening’s emcee.

Beautiful outdoor event on Mesa Arts Center's North Pation and Shadow Walk crop

Mesa Arts Center’s North Patio and Shadow Walk

24 pianists play The Bravest Journey with Emily Bear_ Avinash Vikram pictured in foreground crop

Avinash Vikram joins 24 other pianists, including Emily Bear, to play “The Bravest Journey.”

Artist Lauren Lee (seated) and piano donor Hazel Howkins crop

Artist Lauren Lee (seated) and piano donor Hazel Howkins

Auctioneer Mike Hutchinson and Emcee Emma Jade of 12 News crop

Auctioneer Mike Hutchinson and Emcee Emma Jade of 12 News

Karrin Taylor and daughter Olivia, Arizona Strategies crop Laurie Ikeda and Janet Ikeda

Karrin Taylor and her daughter Olivia; Laurie Ikeda and Janet Ikeda

Left to right_ artists Jennifer Gastelum_Kyllan Maney and Lauren Lee crop

Artists Jennifer Gastelum, Kyllan Maney and Lauren Lee

Mesa Arts Center Executive Director Cindy Ornstein crop

Cindy Ornstein, Mesa Arts Center executive director

Mesa Arts Center Foundation Chair Neil Baier with family crop

Neil Baier, Mesa Arts Center Foundation chair, with his family

Tiffany and JW Rayhons Mesa Mayor John Giles and wife Dawn Giles

Tiffany and JW Rayhons; Mesa Mayor John Giles and his wife, Dawn Giles

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