United Way of Midland County presents The Chair Project – an art exhibition designed to build awareness around the issues our family, friends, co-workers and neighbors face each and every day.

Our goal is to share impact stories in a unique and moving way. Local artists will paint a wooden chair to represent a real story of someone in our community, showing the struggle that was faced and the success that was found. Each story will represent one of the fifteen issue areas that align with Youth Success, Health and Household Stability.

The artwork will be on display at the Midland Center for the Arts for a public show from July 29th through September 4th.


United Way of Midland County is searching for local artists to create a visual representation of an impact story onto one of fifteen wooden chairs that will be displayed at an art exhibition held at the Midland Center for the Arts. We encourage hobbyists and professional artists to apply to be selected as one of fifteen event featured artists.


  • Ages 14 and up may apply. If under 18 years of age, the artist will need parental consent to participate.
  • Artists must submit (3) samples of work with application.
  • The wooden chair will be provided to each artist by United Way of Midland County.
  • Each artist will receive a stipend of $250 for supplies.
  • Artists are responsible for all materials needed (paint, brushes, sandpaper, etc.), other than the chair, to complete the project.
  • Chairs must be picked up on June 1st or 2nd and returned to United Way of Midland County finished by July 18th.
  • Artwork must be appropriate and family-friendly.
  • The chairs and artwork will belong to United Way of Midland County and will be auctioned off to support community programs.
  • Winners will be celebrated at The Chair Project private reception on August 16th at MCFTA. A team of professional judges will choose the winning chairs and artists will be notified by August 15th.


United Way of Midland County will request impact stories from their partner agencies and will choose one story to represent each of the fifteen issue areas. Artists are encouraged to choose the issue areas they are passionate about on the application. Some issue areas are sensitive topics. Artists may specify on the application if they do not want to be paired with any of the topics listed. United Way will do their best to pair each artist with a story that aligns with their passions, but this is not guaranteed.

A selection committee will be made up of United Way staff that will review applications and select the participants. Artists will be notified by May 27th.

United Way of Midland County does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.

Learn more about issue areas


April 20Submissions Open
May 20Submissions Close
May 27Artists Notified
June 1 & 2Chair Pickup
July 18Artwork Due to UWMC
July 29 – Sept. 4The Chair Project Public Exhibit Open at MCFTA
August 16United Way of Midland County Private Reception


The artwork will be on display at the Midland Center for the Arts beginning July 29, 2022 through September 4, 2022. This art exhibition is open to the public during Midland Center for the Arts normal business hours. Tickets will be available at mcfta.org in July.

United Way of Midland County will host a private reception on August 16, 2022.

Local businesses and organizations are invited to get involved. More information about sponsorship opportunities will be available soon.

For more information about the event, email Cathleen Louisignau at cathleen@unitedwaymidland.org or Ashley Kring at akring@unitedwaymidland.org.