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As a celebration of art and public space, the Northampton Mayor’s Youth Commission is heading a collaborative art project with the support of local businesses to sponsor artists and local schools to paint the benches of downtown Northampton.

Project Summary

BenchWalk is an opportunity to celebrate the visual arts and the downtown area of Northampton. There will be a total of 15 benches painted.

Artists will submit proposals for bench designs. 

The artists will have a period in late May to paint the benches on-site in downtown Northampton. At the end of the week, there will be an unveiling ceremony during which the benches will be presented and people will have an opportunity to admire the artwork.

The unveiling ceremony will tentatively happen on Friday, June 12th at 5:00PM, the same evening as Arts Night Out. 

There will be a brief speech from Mayor Narkewicz and the Mayor’s Youth Commission, followed by a ribbon cutting at the bench in front of City Hall.  

Maps will be available detailing the location of all the benches, the respective artists, and the different sponsors for BenchWalk.  Following the event, there will be a reception for all donors and artists.

General Information

When: Friday, June 12th @ 5:00PM

Where: Northampton City Hall



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Special Thanks to Our Major Sponsors

Cyan Donor ($1,000)- Smith College

Cyan Donor ($1,000)- Hotel Northampton

Cyan Donor ($1,000)- Northampton Community Television

Magenta Donor ($500)- Rust-Oleum

Yellow Donor ($400)- Packard's

Yellow Donor ($273.44 in materials)- Foster Farrar Company

Yellow Donor ($250)- Goggins Real Estate

Yellow Donor ($250)- GoBerry

Yellow Donor ($250)- Florence Bank

Yellow Donor ($250)- Cooley Dickinson Hospital

KEY Donor ($186.11 in Paint)- Home Depot

KEY Donor ($100)- Smith College Museum of Art

KEY Donor ($100)- Thornes Marketplace

KEY Donor ($100)- Artisan Gallery

KEY Donor ($100)- Faces