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First Presbyterian Church

We are a warm and inviting Christian community where all are welcome.  It is the purpose and desire of First Presbyterian Church of South Saint Paul to open our doors to anyone seeking love and acceptance.  Inspiring worship experiences and challenging learning opportunities encourage us to serve others as well as to laugh and play together.

The Christian faith is to be lived and not memorized.  We allow ourselves the freedom to ask difficult questions about God, about our world and about how we are to live our lives to the fullest.  Wherever you are along life’s journey, we will help you find encouragement and support, rest and refreshment, joy and laughter, inspiration and challenge.

 

     

 

Interactive Exhibit on Display Now
Open 9 am - 3 pm Monday - Friday
9 am - Noon Sundays
or by appointment

"2065 is the year the USA will become fifty-four percent People of Color." It is also the name of an interactive exhibit that surrounds the viewer with the faces and voices of 16 Minnesota students who will be living this change, and is presented with a soundscape of student voices. It is a free standing mobile gallery. As you walk through it you will hear the voices of students. The exhibit will be set up in our South Commons area during August.

The artist, Joanna Hallstrom, tells us that a portrait reflects the likeness of an individual at a certain time, and in a particular moment. This collection of portraits represents the likeness of a future moment, a significant shift in the portrait of our nation. These Minnesota students will be part of this change.

Joanna Hallstrom's art education began in her father's rural Minnesota illustration studio where she would watch her father paint and listen to the radio with him. there she learned how to use color and medium to tell a visual story. As a young child the articles her father illustrated expanded her worldview and reading them allowed her to "travel" to many places. That fostered a deep love for art, people, and culture. Joanna has studied social justice, cross cultural communication and ministry, communication and art design in which she graduated with honors. She has worked in those areas with non-profits. Joanna currently meets with a small cohort of emerging artists, paints under the mentorship and critique of two nationally known artists.

Joanna was a recipient of a 2018 Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This grant and partnering with a number of organizations and individuals helped make this initiative possible.