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'20 online Chairful fund-raiser concludes

UPDATED, Aug. 29: Chairful Where You Sit, a one-day outdoor art installation and fund-raiser for the Arlington Commission for Arts & Culture, traditionally coincides with Porchfest and takes place in a festive gathering at historic Uncle Sam Plaza, in the heart of the Arlington Center Cultural District.

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An auction of artistically transformed chairs and other small furniture items rescued from basements and curbs has supported public art in Arlington since 2012, and saved more than 400 chairs from landfill. New this year are artistically revamped small furniture items, such as side tables in addition to chairs.

Because of Covid-19, the event originally planned for June 7 was postponed and reenvisioned as an online event -- to be held as an auction from Monday, Aug. 24, through 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 7. Bidding will remain open for a week, and winning bidder will need to be able to pick up the pieces with a car from the artists' homes.

As of 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, $3,530 had been raised.

This exhibit has been designed with the town health and planning department to create a safe, physically distanced event for all.

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 Everyone is invited to participate. Want to create furniture art for 2020 Chairful Where you Sit? Read the Call for Artists FAQ for information to get started >>

Want to buy furniture art and support the kind of community-based work recently touted by MassCreative as “The kind of engagement [that] motivates us to promote the importance of the arts and culture in connecting communities and creating joy through public art for all”?

Two dozen regional artists have contributed wonderfully decorated works to the auction. Be sure to preview them and bid on your favorites at

Some got a jump on the fund-raiser at the Winifred Robbins Memorial Garden, 700 Mass. Ave., on Sunday, Aug. 24, from 3 to 7 p.m., or until hard rain washed it out.

June 9, 2019: Chairful Where You Sit raises estimated $4,000 in '19

This news announcement was published Monday, March 9, 2020, and updated Aug. 29.

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