St. John’s carries a rich history of the Arts in worship and as an outreach to artists and the greater community. The current program year continues this tradition with a full schedule of programs and events including visual art, music and dance. In addition to the long-standing programs including Midweek Music Series new events are consistently being added to the schedule. Unless otherwise noted all Fine Arts events are free and open to the public. St. John’s also provides opportunities for involvement in the Arts, including vocal choirs, handbell choirs and instrumental ensembles.
Arts Events at St. John’s
Collaborative Art Exhibit: The Church Year
This collaborative art exhibit is found in the Fireside Lounge. Each week of the church year is represented by a narrow piece of wood, painted and decorated in the color of the liturgical season. The pieces of wood are lined up and give a visual representation of the church year, starting with the first Sunday of Advent.
Friends of the Arts at St. John’s
The Friends of the Arts at St. John’s supports the Arts in worship and as an outreach to artists and the greater community. All Fine Arts events are free and open to the public. If you have questions about the Friends of the Arts or would like to be active in Arts programming at St. John’s, please contact Beth Ann Edwards, Director of Arts, Handbells, and Youth Choirs (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Larry Hanson, chair of the Arts Visioning Team (lhanson@ft.NewYorkLife.com).For more information about the Arts at St. John’s, please visit our website: stjohnsdsm.org/finearts.
This valuable ministry is funded not by the general budget, but by donations from supporters and friends. Donations can be made online at stjohnsdsm.org or mailed to St. John’s at 600 Sixth Avenue, Des Moines 50309 (please indicate “Friends of the Arts” on the memo line). All donors who contribute $50 or more will be recognized in future programs and receive special invitations to Fine Arts events.