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YAMAHACares UpCycled Guitars by AESD

About the Project

Yamaha Cares is an employee-based charitable program of Yamaha Corporation of America.  In December of 2020, Yamaha Cares donated several instruments to the Anaheim Elementary School District for the purpose of being upcycled into art by families, staff members, and local artists. These upcycle projects gave families the opportunity to spend quality time and to express their creativity while staying at home during the pandemic. Each unique art piece will be auctioned off with proceeds going to the Anaheim Elementary School District music program. 

The upcycled guitars will be on view at MUZEO Museum and Cultural Center in Anaheim, CA and AbleArts in Long Beach during Spring 2021.

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Online Auction

The Auction ends May 1, 2021. All funds raised support the Music and Arts programs at Anaheim Elementary School District.

View the online auction.


Thank you to Yamaha Cares, an employee-based charitable program of Yamaha Corporation of America, for your support. 

Thank you to artists Robert Holton, Jack Knight and Irfan Murtaza and arts organization Creative Identity for contributing to the project. 

Student Instruments on display at Anaheim Muzeo Gallery (March 25 – May 3, 2021)

  • Frog Guitar – Zoe, OCSA
  • Ancient Animals – Elias and Samuel, Betsy Ross
  • Tik Tik Among Us – Leyla, Horace Mann
  • Music at Day and Night – Carlo, Revere
  • Superhero Attitude – Aaron, AEOA
  • Family Fun – Ruth, Rachel and Nathan, Loara
  • My Tia’s House – Ian, Loara
  • Music in the OC – Shwayze, Barton
  • It’s Mario Time! – Aaron, AEOA
  • Finger Paint Fun – Faith, Horace Mann
  • The Four Seasons with Two Winters – Asha, Roosevelt
  • Rhys y Los Dinos – Rhys, Horace Mann
  • The Axe Among Us – Adriel, Sunkist
  • It’s Only Nuts and Bolts (But I Like It)  – Rosalee, Revere
  • Spring Song – Rosalee, Revere
  • Happy Place – Lily, AEOA
  • Mark Anderson – Faculty, AESD
  • Creative Identity – Anaheim Arts Organization
  • Irfan Murtaza – Anaheim artist
  • Jack Knight – Anaheim artist and arts educator
  • Robert Holton – Anaheim artist

*Special Note:  The Hatori Family from Stoddard, created a BEAUTIFULLY upcycled instrument with living plants, but could not be displayed due to museum rules.  Please take a look at it on the auction site.  (It is being safely stored where it can receive sunlight and water until it sells.)

Student Instruments on Display at AbleARTS Work Gallery (March 12 – May 3)

6420 E. Pacific Coast Hwy, Suite 150, Long Beach CA 90803

  • The White Violin – Zoe
  • Lost in Music – Sofia
  • Flowers – Claire
  • Our Family’s Favorite Animals – Elias
  • Swirl by Zachary, Evan and Tyler