As the first task of their fourth and final year, students at Arizona State University's (ASU) Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts Interior Design program begin their studies learning about domestic abuse from clients and staff with the City of Phoenix Family Advocacy Center (FAC). The students then are challenged to design and build a chair that is both inspired by an artist or artistic movement and makes a statement about the impact of domestic violence on families. The Southwest Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) lends its professional talent and financial support through a scholarship awarded to the winning design team.

During the five-week course, under the direction of faculty associate Marci Lange, IIDA, FM Solutions, the students are given the challenge of designing and building the chairs with a budget of $100 plus donations. The chair designs are unique and inspiring. The students pick an artist from which to create inspiration, and the results are as varied as the selections. This project increases awareness about domestic violence and the support offered by the Family Advocacy Center. It is particularly important to the students and is their way of giving back to the community through creative design.

While the students are hard at work, the FAC Fundraising Committee, with the help of its many sponsors and partners, is organizing the CHAIRity gala event.

CHAIRity 2011 Event and Auction

"Sit a Moment, Open Your Heart to Victims of Violence"

Thursday, April 7, 2011
5:30–8:30 pm
Phoenix Art Museum
Central Avenue and McDowell Road

Tickets are $135 per person. Various levels of corporate sponsorship are available.

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