Red Chair

The Holocaust Center is participating in an exciting local arts event, the 2013 Red Chair / IKEA Silent Auction. The auction is a significant – and extraordinarily fun – part of The 9th Annual Red Chair Affair which kicks off Central Florida’s arts and cultural season.

Small chairs, created from kits donated by IKEA, are being constructed and decorated by local organizations, businesses and prominent individuals. Once finished, they will be on display at CityArts Factory, 29 S Orange Avenue, from July 18-Aug. 12. The chairs will be auctioned as part of the Red Chair Affair fundraising event at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center, 401 W Livingston St, on Saturday August 24.

The Holocaust Center’s chair, designed by Board member Ellen Lang and her daughter Briana, was inspired by the novel “The Sweetness of Forgetting,” by local author Kristin Harmel. They said they were drawn to the story because of its focus on precious things: family, memory and food. The chair includes recipes from several local survivors along with this link to their personal stories.

“I’m so impressed by the beautiful and inspired design Ellen and Briana came up with!” said Harmel. “It does such a wonderful job of reflecting both the message of the book and the message of the Holocaust Center. Plus, it has a ‘sweet’ focus on family, which I think is the thing that ties us all together.”

The winning bidder for the chair will also receive a special book club meeting with the author — complete with baked goods and coffee — at the Holocaust Center or within 25 miles, plus up to 10 signed books for the occasion.

The Red Chair Project is a community service, managed by the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Central Florida, designed to increase participation in Central Florida’s arts and culture. As a collaborative campaign involving more than 360 arts and cultural organizations, it promotes and enriches the arts in the region through, a website with arts and cultural events, discounted tickets, classes/workshops, and cultural getaways.

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