Pull Up a Chair and Bid on Pittsburgh Art

Online “Chair-ity” Auction Is Live

PITTSBURGH – VisitPITTSBURGH, along with the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (GPAC), launched the 90 Painted Chairs Program online “chair-ity” auction this evening.

An offshoot of VisitPITTSBURGH’s award-winning Pull Up a Chair. You are Welcomed Here. national marketing campaign, the 90 Painted Chairs Program invited local artists to paint parking chairs for a “chair-ity.” More than 90 chairs are now available for auction, with all proceeds benefiting the Art Council’s newest professional network– the Teaching Artist Initiative.

“The arts and culture community is a point of pride for Pittsburgh, and it is our privilege to partner with the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council on this project,” VisitPITTSBURGH Chief Marketing Officer Tom Loftus said. “I’ve tracked these incredibly imaginative art pieces as they’ve been returned to our office, and I’m blown away by the collective creativity. The artists – like all Pittsburghers – have embraced our marketing campaign with open arms. I want to thank them for helping spread Pittsburgh’s welcoming message.”

The Teaching Artist Initiative is a peer network where teaching artists connect for networking, professional development and peer-to-peer learning. The initiative was developed in response to a need from local teaching artists who have historically had fewer opportunities to connect as a group of working professionals than others in the education or arts sectors. With teaching listed as the top source of income for Pittsburgh artists, GPAC hopes the initiative will fill this gap in learning with education and professional development.

“Our Teaching Artist Initiative has morphed and grown from its initial programs under the ‘Creators Makers Teachers Network.’ Since then, the need for funding and resources for Greater Pittsburgh’s teaching artists has grown, and we want to fill that gap,” Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council CEO Mitch Swain said. “The initiative will host quarterly salons and a biennial professional development symposium all for teaching artists and educators.

“The Arts Council is grateful to VisitPITTSBURGH for creating an amazing opportunity for our region’s artists to display their artwork and be a true partner in Pittsburgh’s tourism industry. On behalf of the many artists who painted an iconic Pittsburgh parking chair last year, thank you.”

Interested parties can now view and bid on all 90+ chairs at one.bidpal.net/visitpittsburgh. The auction will close on May 15 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

VisitPITTSBURGH’s award-winning Pull Up a Chair. You are Welcomed Here. national marketing campaign is built on a welcoming Pittsburgh message and the act of offering someone a chair – a universal sign of hospitality and respect. The campaign is raising awareness of Pittsburgh as a major travel destination, as well as driving hotel room nights.

For more information on the 90 Painted Chairs Program, please visit visitpittsburgh.com/pull-up-a-chair/90-painted-chairs/.