Painting benches protects wood from rotting and decorates the most utilitarian objects found in parks and playgrounds, making them inviting to visitors. When volunteers work together to take on a once-graffitied bench, their artwork gives viewers the message that this is a special, public, kid-friendly and safe area for play, collaboration, meeting others, creativity, fun, and self-expression. Public art in neighborhoods transforms the places where memories are made from trash filled or abused to valued and loved! This is healing through art at its core, healing viewers and participants alike. There is inspiring team work involved in taking on a bench and completing it within 3-4 hours too. Come out and paint a bench with us!