Newton Community Pride and Chinese Evangelical Church of Boston Launch Public Art Initiative

Newton Community Pride and the City of Newton are working with the Boston Chinese Evangelical Church of Newtonville on “Sit & Let Your Spirit Soar,” an initiative to create 19 temporary public art installations across the city.

The Newtonville Church, which is renovating its sanctuary, donated the pews to be converted into temporary public art installations, according to a statement.

The project aims to “build community, encourage conversation and inspire feelings of connection,” the statement said.

A jury will select artists to transform the benches into temporary three-dimensional works of art. The exhibitions will be presented from June to October.

“Through signage, passers-by will be invited to sit on the benches and encouraged to use them for outdoor gatherings, intimate conversations, or simply quiet contemplation,” the statement read.

The benches will be auctioned in October and the money raised will be used to support future public art initiatives.

Artists are invited to submit their applications before April 22. Winners will be selected by May 15.

Selected performers will be assigned a specific bench – each approximately 8 feet long – to decorate on-site over a weekend in June. They will each receive a $500 commission, the statement said.

For more information about the project and instructions on how to apply, visit

John Hilliard can be contacted at [email protected]

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