CIPC ArtsConnect, the major outreach and education program of the Cleveland International Piano Competition, is designed to bring music into all facets of the Greater Cleveland community.  The program works in partnership with a group of top-tier professional artists, community organizations, schools, healthcare institutions, and generous foundations to create innovative educational programs for  young people and present concerts that have broad based appeal for all generations.

Artists, community service organizations, corporations, or private citizens interested in working with ArtsConnect may contact Emily Shelley, ArtsConnect Coordinator, at [email protected].

CIPC Community Day

With the support of generous contestants, ArtsConnect presents recitals in nursing homes, hospitals, senior centers, and retirement communities the day before each competition begins.  These recitals are a much-loved tradition in the community, offering senior music lovers an opportunity to engage with a contestant and follow his or her progress throughout the competition.  At the same time, contestants enjoy an appreciative audience and the chance to fine-tune their program before the competition begins.  Twenty-one of the 2016 contestants chose to participate in this rewarding program, including Nikita Mndoyants, who went on to win the Mixon First Prize.


PianoKids at Fairmount Preschool.
PianoKids at Fairmount Preschool. Photo by Jon Theobald.

This innovative program brings concerts, story-telling, and hands-on interaction with three musicians known as the PianoKids Trio right into the classrooms of children in pre-K to the third grade.  PianoKids, which receives strong support from area corporations and foundations, helps to bring music education back into our public schools and inspire students to dream and think in new ways.

View photos of the PianoKids Trio: Andris Koh (cello); Aniela Eddy (violin); and Natsumi Shibagaki (piano) working with students  HERE.

PianoKids at CIPC

Children between the ages of 8 and 12 enjoy a musical day camp at this PianoKids extension held at the Cleveland International Piano Competition. Over a half-day period they are introduced to music concepts using song and dance, meet musicians and their instruments at an instrument “petting zoo,” watch competition performances, meet contestants, and enjoy lunch and ice cream.

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Carnival of the Animals

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Carnival of the Animals! Photo by Jon Theobald.

Using Camille Saint-Saëns’s child-friendly Carnival of the Animals as the foundation, ArtsConnect helps children engage with music in a magical way.  Over a period of several weeks, children become familiar with the music, as well as the Ogden Nash verses that we written to accompany it, and create masks of wild creatures.  It all culminates in a grand public performance of the work by professional and student musicians, accompanied by the children parading on stage in their masks.

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Free Concerts

ArtsConnect presents free, family-friendly concerts throughout the year that appeal to all musical tastes.  They have become standing-room-only hits, with programs ranging from classical to jazz to Disney movie favorites.

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Senior Concerts

ArtsConnect is dedicated to maintaining a thought-provoking and inspiring quality of life for the seniors of our community.  To that end, ArtsConnect artists take great pleasure in performing regularly in area nursing homes and hospitals, where they are warmly received and enthusiastically applauded.

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