project leader
Melanie N
107 North Jefferson Street
(Downtown Athens)
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Call out for artists!

the project

To encourage visitors in our downtown district to linger longer and enjoy our shops and restaurants, we want to place rocking chairs painted by local artists in parklets around our downtown area. Because the rocking chairs are mobile we can strategically place them for events in certain areas if needed. We hold several events each year and want to utilize these rockers as a fun way to encourage visitors to Sit a 'Spell and enjoy what our downtown has to offer. 

Our project will take place in Downtown Athens, AL and serve Athens and surrounding Limestone County. Athens, AL is the county seat of Limestone County and downtown Athens, with our 1869 Courthouse in the center, is the heart and spirit of our community.  Our project is a nod to our historical residential districts surrounding our downtown Athens, AL district. Our downtown district also borders Athens State University, a historical higher learning institution, which hosts the Tennessee Old Time Fiddlers Convention each October. Front porches are abundant on the homes in our historical districts. 

We would like to start on our project as soon as we receive notice of award so that we can have the rocking chairs in place for the beginning for our Fridays After Five events which begin in June and go through the end of August. These events feature sidewalk music, food and encourage shopping in our local boutiques. We will give the rocking chairs their own Facebook page, and for the launch we will hold a scavenger hunt around our Downtown District utilizing the chairs with questions being posted on the Facebook page. 

The funds raised will be used to purchase exterior grade rocking chairs and side tables as well as art supplies. Local students in art classes and our local artist cooperative will paint the rocking chairs and side tables in themes associated with our downtown, events and festivals. One new parklet will be created and the rocking chairs and tables will be placed there. For this new parklet, local art students will paint a mural on the surrounding building walls to enhance a currently run down blank space.

the steps

Launch our Campaign

Market our Campaign

Seek donors by targeted calling, targeted email, targeted snail mail, mass email, mass mailing, utilize social media.

Once the money is raised we will partner with a local business who makes the rockers (Made in Alabama) for design.  After the rockers are complete we will partner with local artists and student artists to paint the rockers and side tables.  

Once the painting is complete we will work on our parklet to paint the mural, plant grass, and place a couple of our completed rockers.  We will then do a launch of our project by conducting a scavenger hunt around downtown.

why we're doing it

This project will enable us to promote tourism and build a stronger, more united community throughout our downtown district, City of Athens, AL and surrounding Limestone County, AL.



Disbursed Budget

Raised = $3,215.00
less ioby Platform Fee $35.00
less ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $92.62
Total to disburse = $3,087.38


Updated Budget (5/22/17)

Exterior grade rocking chairs = $1,750.00

Exterior grade side tables = $500.00

Art supplies. $750.00
Subtotal = $3,000.00
ioby Platform Fee = $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) =$90
Total to raise = $3,125

Original Budget

Exterior grade rocking chairs = $5,000.00

Exterior grade side tables = $3,000.00

Art supplies. $2000.00

Subtotal = $10,000

ioby Platform Fee = $35

ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) =$300

Total to raise = $10,335


Call out for artists!

We are now seeking artists to commission.  Please email for more information.


The Chairs Are In!!

The rocking chairs have arrived!  Stay tuned for the call out for artists.  We will be providing an application and guidelines for the commissions. 



This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


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