Chair Auction Success Story (plus Square 1)
- Dear Art Educators,
Fund Raising is always a hot topic these days. Roberta Dunkel (ArtsEducators
member) liked the musical instruments idea ("Art of Note") -- which is great
if you have access to old instruments. She wanted to share a better idea for
Just a note to follow up on the "Art of Note" violin decoration idea. A
tremendous idea - wish we had a school orchestra but an easier and more
accessible idea is to decorate chairs.
Our Capitol City Council on The Arts in Jefferson City, Mo. recently held an
auction of 50 decorated chairs. My Fifth Grade Art Club decorated and
donated two chairs that sold for $50.00 a folk art chair and another for
$125.00 that was a tribute to Vincent Van Gogh - covered with painted
sunflowers. I am really proud of them selling with the professionals.
All proceeds are going to the creation of an Arts Center for Children.
The total take on the 50 chairs was $12,500.00! Three times
what was expected! A school could do something like this too during
their Carnival or other fundraising event. (One chair created by a new
artist in her twenties sold for $1,250 she used an old movie theme, another
was created to look like our Capitol and another high seller was covered
with machine embroidery).
I am still doing Square One Art http://www.square1art.com/ this year with
my students and receiving the usual enthusiasm and interest from parents
anxious for the finished products. Will clear about $450.00 I predict.
A great company to work with. (Email Marty square1art@... or
marty@... for details to get your own fund raiser going.)
Many have had success with chair auctions....It is worth a try. You may even
have a local church or rental place with a batch to donate. Garage sales are
also a good place for chairs.
Judy Decker - Ohio
Incredible Art Department
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