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South Congregational Church will be creating a collaborative community-driven temporary art installation in front of our church for most of Lent and into early Easter in 2024.  We hope to create an environment in which people may observe how gloom, despair and death can be entered into and transcended to reveal dawn, hope and resurrection.   The installation will be interactive and enable people to experience the tomb and the resurrection, a key element of the Christian journey, without having theological training or access to the scriptures.   We hope to learn from the experience of anyone and everyone about how God shows up in valleys and deserts of our lives.

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This program is made possible through a Vital Worship Grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Grand Rapids, Michigan, with funds provided by Lilly Endowment Inc.

Timeline and Events

  • Sept 30, 2023:  Interested Artists should submit a Statement of Interest to

  • Oct 15, 2023:  Artist will be informed of their selection

  • Oct 22, 2023 4:30-6:30:    Meeting with Artists who have been selected to participate to distribute canvases, orient to the project, share images and symbols from religious traditions, art literature and to answer questions.  

  • Feb 15, 2024  Art is due

  • March 3, 2024 Opening night for the installation.  

Check back, other events will be posted as they are developed

Call to Artist

Thirty-four Artists will each create two panels, one representing darkness, despair, gloom, stuckness, agony, death, and the other representing hope, joy, liberation, wonder, renewal and restoration.  

If you are interested in participating, please read this document and fill out this interest form.  If you have questions, contact us at

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