United Way of Midland County is excited to announce the call for artists is now open for their upcoming event – The Chair Project. This unique event will raise awareness of the struggles our community and neighbors face each and every day, while shining the light on the good work being done to improve lives.

The Chair Project is an art exhibition, featuring wooden chairs transformed by local artists. The artwork will bring a real story of impact to life through the interpretation and vision of each artist.

“This event is a creative approach to telling our neighbor’s stories,” shared Ashley Kring, Associate Director of Digital Marketing at United Way of Midland County. “We invite our community to sit alongside our neighbors to learn how their lives have been changed through our partner agencies. Our goal is that this event will provide awareness and education, along with inspiration and hope.”

United Way is searching for fifteen artists to be featured in the exhibition, each representing a community issue area. Hobbyists and professional artists ages 14 and up are encouraged to apply. The call for artists is open now through May 20, 2022, at unitedwaymidland.org/thechairproject.

The wooden chair as well as a stipend for materials will be provided to each artist. Artists will be notified by May 27th if chosen by the selection committee to participate. Artwork will be judged professionally and prizes will be awarded to the winning artists at a private reception hosted by United Way.

The public art exhibition will be held at the Midland Center for the Arts from July 29th to September 4th. Tickets will be available through the Midland Center for the Arts website at mcfta.org prior to the event opening.

“We are excited to bring this collaborative and creative event to our community,” shared Holly Miller, President and CEO of United Way of Midland County. “Storytelling is a powerful way to connect with the impact taking place in a personal and inspiring way. Viewers will be touched by the many ways their investment is helping neighbors at a time when they needed it most.”