The Greenway Public Arts Committee (GPAC) recently presented a check for $1,000 toward the fund to bring back “The Big Yellow Chair” that was recently removed from its perch on the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway at Raider Drive.
The donation goes toward the “Save the Chair” campaign which launched last month along with the organization, “Friends of the Greenway.”
“This (GPAC) is what we were established for, so it was an easy decision to give to this campaign,” stated GPAC Chairwoman Tara Brown.
Funds were drawn from the recent success of the “Chalk the Walk” event held April 12 on the Greenway. GPAC exists to draw attention to public arts, particularly outdoor sculptures and events on the community linear park.
Accepting the check on behalf of Friends of the Greenway was Cameron Fisher, chairman of the Greenway board.
“We have had a great response toward the ‘Save the Chair’ initiative,” Fisher stated. “GPAC leads the way, but other organizations, such as Allied Arts, have come on board to push for buying the chair so it will be a permanent part of our community.”
Fisher explained that the chair, which has been on display off Raider Drive for approximately two years, has always been “on loan” from the artist and could not be claimed as belonging to the Greenway. However, it has become a “cherished part of the Greenway experience and we want to do everything we can to see that it stays on the Greenway.”
On Friday, April 11, the “Save the Chair” campaign was launched during the annual Chair-ries Jubilee event at the Museum Center at Five Points. At the same time, the benevolent arm of the Greenway, Friends of the Greenway, was formally unveiled as the venue to give toward the campaign and other Greenway causes.
While giving toward “Save the Chair,” donors can at the same time become members of Friends of the Greenway. Gifts of $25 or more entitle donors to a commemorative Greenway T-shirt. Details on giving online can be found at www.cbcgreenway.com.
Donations can also be mailed to Friends of the Greenway, P.O. Box 2730, Cleveland, TN 37320-2730.