First Presidency Calls for More Christ-Focused Art in Meetinghouses
First Presidency Updates Christ-Focused Art Policies in Meetinghouses
In a letter, the First Presidency is asking local leaders to ensure that the aesthetic feel in the foyers and entryways to the faith’s weekly worship spaces reflects an even deeper reverence for the Lord Jesus Christ. This effort supports President Russell M. Nelson’s call over the past 18 months to emphasize that “Jesus Christ is at the center of His Church”
There is a document accompanying the letter that includes the following five guidelines.
- Place existing artwork that depicts the Savior Himself or the Savior ministering to others in meetinghouse entries and foyers. Examine existing artwork to ensure that it is appropriately framed, displayed and in good condition.
- Move other artwork to another location within the facility or remove it altogether.
- Choose replacement art, if needed, from the Approved Selection of Foyer Artwork and follow approved sizes and quality standards.
- Assess entries and foyers as part of an annual inspection to evaluate existing furnishings, artwork and finishes. Replace and update these items as needed to maintain a feeling of reverence for the Savior.
- Remove from the foyer areas distractions, such as display cases, bulletin boards, tables, easels, and damaged furniture.
Many of the pieces of art available for use in meetinghouses can be seen here.