In a partnership between Dakota West Arts Council and the Bismarck Airport, we’re excited to bring you Arts @ the Airport!
Look for upcoming programming including local musicians and ensembles awaiting travelers as they arrive in the Arts Capital City, and serenading folks as they embark on their travels beyond Bismarck. A painted public piano awaits people to sit down and play a song or two or three.
Bismarck Art Galleries & Association donated the piano to Dakota West Arts Council. Local artist, Bryan Kroh, was commissioned to paint it and it was placed at the airport for anyone to play while waiting for a flight or arriving passengers. “Piano music will add ambiance and a little fun to our airport,” said former City Commissioner, Josh Askvig. Askvig that worked with the Bismarck Airport as a city commissioner when the piano was installed.
Kroh responded to the art council’s Facebook request for an artist. “I really wanted to do this project. I envisioned the piano having a Northern Lights feel because lying on the grass at night and looking at the Northern Lights has always been a good North Dakota experience for me,” said Kroh.
Greg Haug, Bismarck’s Airport Director aid, “The Arts Council came up with the idea and proposed it. We handled logistics on this end. We thought the project was perfect for our airport. It’s been a lot of fun for everyone, especially during the Holidays.” We’ve even had piano recitals here!
The piano now sits between the escalators near the baggage claim on the main level. “The whole idea is for people to engage with the art, either by playing the piano themselves or by listening, singing or dancing to the music created by their friends, neighbors, or visitors” said Eileen Walsh DWAC former Executive Director.