PITTSBURGH—Students at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) Washington County center have found a creative way to combine art with service. “Charity chairs,” each designed and created from materials gathered by students in Art Appreciation 106, represent 16 local charities.
The chairs will be on display throughout April at CCAC–Washington County center (Washington Crown Center, 1500 W. Chestnut St., Washington). During that time, students, faculty, staff and members of the public are encouraged to vote for their favorites by leaving a donation in the can by each chair. Donations will benefit the respective charities.
“This assignment allowed students an artistic way to connect art, our college and our community,” said Deborah Mainwaring, the class’ instructor.
The charities selected by students include the American Heart Association, Fallen Firefighters Foundation, Toys for Tots, Martha Washington Garden Club, American Lung Association, Washington County Humane Society, Relay for Life and other local charities.
The Community College of Allegheny County is the largest institution of postsecondary higher education in Pennsylvania. The college serves 31,000 credit students through 170 degree and certificate programs and offers thousands of lifelong learning non-credit and workforce development courses to 33,000 students annually. Incorporating a learning-centered environment committed to the future of the region, CCAC continues to expand its reach through innovative programming and accessible instruction offered via convenient day, evening, weekend and online courses. With four campuses and six centers serving Allegheny County and surrounding communities, CCAC endeavors to fulfill its mission to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society.