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Don't let your Work, Stress and Health conference experience be one of all work and no play. Take a break, get outside, find a piano and make some music. Send a video of your very impromptu performance – whether it's a Chopin or a BangOnSomeKeys -- and you could be the recipient of one of APA's leading books on workplace well-being.
Painted pianos are located throughout downtown Minneapolis for a public arts project, Pianos on Parade. Local artists painted the pianos with scenes representing summer in the city. Beyond being visually interesting, the pianos can be played by anyone.
We took note of this interactive art, and think it can be key to enjoying the city. We hope WSH conference attendees will tune in. (Puns intended.) Here's how:
- Explore the city and find an outdoor piano (Hint: there is one very close to the Hilton).
- Position fingers on the keyboard and play – it doesn't have be a concerto or even Chopsticks. Make up your own song if you want. We'll never know!
- Capture your performance on video. (This step works best if you're accompanied by a fellow attendee or colleague whom you trust with your smartphone or camera.)
- Send the video by email to email@example.com or upload it to Twitter, mentioning @apa_excellence and using the conference hashtag, #wsh2017. If you email the video, we'll upload it and share on Twitter. We'll retweet any Twitter submissions.
We'll randomly select one of the submissions to receive a copy of "The Psychologically Healthy Workplace: Building a Win-Win Environment for Organizations,” edited by Matthew Grawitch, PhD, and David Ballard, PsyD, with APA's Center for Organizational Excellence.
To get started, here's Candy Won, APA's director of convention and meetings, playing a short song as a group of APA staff returned to the hotel from a lunch break.