A humble street musician plucks away on his guitar, providing spirited sidewalk engagement to passersby, while a radiant café performer warms listeners with her gracefully soothing songs somewhere nearby. Occasions such as these happen throughout the city on a regular basis, bringing joy to audiences of pleasantly surprised listeners. But what if these occurrences were able to have a global impact?
On Sept. 20, musicians from all over the world will perform on stages, street corners and more in the name of positive social change as part of the fourth annual Playing For Change Day. Through this global initiative, the Playing for Change Foundation coordinated more than 300 events in 56 countries last year, raising funds to help provide the gift of ongoing music classes for hundreds of children attending the nonprofit organization's music programs in Ghana, Mali, Rwanda, South Africa, Thailand and Nepal. For this year's Indianapolis installment, an extensive lineup of musicians will perform on four different stages at Fountain Square Art Council's multifaceted Art Squared event. For more details on the 2014 Indianapolis fundraiser, head over to the Playing For Change Day website and check out Sky Blue Window contributor Joseph Pete's article on Art Squared that will post later this week.