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Musical Instruments Everyone Can Play

Watch a video about this winning project from a 2018 AARP Community Challenge grantee

LOCATION: Avoca, Iowa 
GRANTEE: Avoca Public Library

"It’s a fun part of the town now,” says Sunshine Schoeller, an Avoca resident, about the city’s new "music park" outside of the public library. The location’s oversized, weather-proof instruments require neither training nor talent to play. During the summer, Avoca closes its main street for a weekly farmers market. The instruments provide a stay and play area that encourages people to spend time outdoors and enjoy the downtown.

The AARP Community Challenge funds “quick-action” projects that build momentum for local change to improve livability for people of all ages.

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