And the prize for worst pun in the service of a good cause goes to … the Evanston Community Development Corporation … for its plan to enlist local artists to paint other people’s cast-off chairs and then sell them to the highest bidders in a “chair-ity auction.”

They’ve already rounded up some chairs and now are looking for artists to volunteer to paint them in a way that expresses the theme of creating change through activism.

ECDC works to bring about positive change on Evanston’s west side, among other things by using green design principles and technologies to make homes and business development more affordable.

Interested artists can call Precious Wright of ECDC at 847-756-0159 to get involved. Deadline for returning the painted chairs is Jan. 15.

And nothing too controversial, please — the rules say no sexually explicit language or images, no profanity and no copyright infringement.

The chairs will be displayed during February at First Bank and Trust branches throughout Evanston ahead of the auction and citizens awards dinner on Feb. 27.

Proceeds benefit ECDC programming

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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