Coleman Jewett Chair Project
A Creative Memorial to Honor Colemant Jewett
Coleman Jewett held a special presence in the Ann Arbor educational community and at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market, where he sold his handcrafted furniture from a corner post for over forty years. When he died in January 2013, the community response was filled with calls for some kind of memorial to honor a man whose example touched hundreds of lives.
To honor those wishes, the City of Ann Arbor and its Public Art Commission are facilitating an effort to raise private funds for a permanent art installation at the Farmers Market – a bronzed Adirondack chair that “aims to create a fond reminder of the man it represents and to make future generations aware of his lessons and love for this community . . . a fitting place for conversations to continue Coleman’s memory.”
Coleman graduated from Ann Arbor High School at the age of sixteen, and earned BS and MA degrees from Eastern Michigan University. During a long career in the Ann Arbor Public Schools, Coleman distinguished himself as an educator who was loved by students and staff alike, a man that taught by example. He also served on the Ann Arbor Historical Commission, the City's Human Relations Commission, and Peace Neighborhood Center’s Board of Directors.
The Coleman Jewett Chair Project Fund has been established to accept donations that will cover the cost of fabricating and installing the memorial. 10% of funds raised will go toward the maintenance of public art in the City, including this memorial.