Vienna Arts Society Relaunches Painted Bench Project to Support Business | FFXnow

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A hand-painted bench by a volunteer artist was placed near the Vienna Town Green in 2019 (via Vienna Arts Society)

The city of Vienna will usher in spring next year with color and creativity, thanks to a partnership between the Vienna Arts Society and local businesses.

The nonprofit revealed last week that it is bringing back the ‘Take a Seat, Vienna’ project first introduced to mark its 50th anniversary in 2019.

“Starting this fall, a new collection of handcrafted benches will be custom painted (and weather-treated) by the artists of the Vienna Arts Society,” the announcement reads. “In the spring of 2023, the benches will be placed around the city for 6 months to create beauty and buzz for local businesses!”

Like last time, the painted benches will be auctioned after the six months have elapsed. The funds will support the society, which operates an arts center on Church Street and offers classes, exhibitions and other events.

The first “Take a Seat” attracted the participation of 42 different artists, as well as many volunteers who helped deliver the benches and obtain permits from the city. The auction ultimately raised over $50,000.

Local businesses and other organizations can sponsor a bench for $500, although the Vienna Arts Society warns that the limited number of benches available “will go fast”.

“During these 6 months, there will be tons of photo opportunities, scavenger hunts, and plenty of social media promotions,” VAS said in a newsletter. “It’s a wonderful way to promote your business and bring charm and beauty to Vienna!”

Groups interested in sponsoring a bench can contact Pat Britz at pbritz12@gmail.com. The deadline to apply is August 31.

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