The Evanston Community Development Corporation (ECDC) is calling all artists who have something to say about activism. Evanston Community Development Corporation has issued a call to artists interested in applying their creativity to secondhand chairs, throwaway items, and found objects. Each item of Chair-Art will be auctioned off at the organization’s 3rd Annual Outstanding Citizen Award Dinner to be held February 27, 2009 at the Unitarian Church in Evanston.

The theme for the auction is Creating Change Through Activism. ECDC Board Member and Auction Chair Ms. Micere Keels stated that “one of ECDC’s key programmatic goals is to make homes and business development more affordable by using green design principles and technologies. We are asking artists to demonstrate that ideal by taking a castoff chair and transforming it into a work of art.”

All proceeds benefit the programs of the Evanston Community Development Corporation. Chairs will be available for pick up Nov. 23-25. Chair Art is due by Jan 15. Artists are cautioned to refrain from using sexually explicit language or images, profanity, or imagery that could be construed as copyright infringement. Completed designs containing any of these items will not be displayed. Art will be displayed during February at First Bank and Trust branches throughout Evanston.

For more information and to pick up a chair, artists should contact Mr. Precious Wright, Program Director, ECDC, 847.756.0159. To donate a chair, purchase Chair Art, or purchase tickets to the Outstanding Citizen Awards Dinner, please call 847.756.0159. To sponsor this event contact Ms. Diane Lupke at 847-756-0159.

The Evanston Community Development Corporation (ECDC) is a community organization dedicated to the revitalization of Evanston’s Westside physically, economically, and in spirit. Its programs and services are designed to assist residents and businesses to build personal assets, grow, and expand. ECDC focuses its work in economic development, workforce development, and housing advocacy.