Indiana State University dispose of campus pianos, “virtually beyond repair”


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Officials with Indiana State University say a decision was made to dispose of campus pianos after multiple attempts to give them away for free.

These pictures were posted to social media by Vickie Payne, who gave us permission to use the photos. Payne says she saw the pianos in dumpster at 8th and Chestnut Streets in Terre Haute over the weekend.

Mark Alesia, director of university communications, replied to our inquiry regarding the disposed pianos with this response:

Indiana State University tried repeatedly to donate about 10 old pianos, virtually beyond repair, to community organizations. ISU officials contacted at least 15 such organizations — including Vigo County Schools, the YMCA, and Catholic Charities — to offer the pianos for free. Within the past two years, six old pianos went to ISU public auction. Three of them sold, each for $25 or less. ISU contacted used furniture vendors in Indianapolis and Bloomington. Neither was interested. ISU contacted two Terre Haute moving companies. One had no interest and the other replied that it already has enough pianos. Disposing of the pianos was the last option after other options had been exhausted.”

Mark Alesia, director of university communication

Payne’s social media post with photos of the pianos in dumpsters was shared close to 4,000 times and generated over 250 comments.

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