Sara Groves' Art House North

Cultivating creative community in the heart of St. Paul, Minnesota

When Sara Groves moved her family of five from the suburbs of Minneapolis to a historic neighborhood in St. Paul, Minnesota, it wasn't without hints of doubt and hesitation. The Grammy-award winning artist had just renovated her home of eight years when she suddenly felt led to settle into a formerly foreclosed home on Armstrong Street to bring hope, art, and exploration to the city.

"God just pointed and said, 'I've got a plan for this corner in St. Paul, Minnesota,'" Sara says. "Even though I've gone through all kinds of ups and downs—even depression—in this move, if I ask myself, Am I supposed to be here?, the answer is resoundingly, yes, I know I'm supposed to be here. I thank God for that. Without that, it would be very difficult."

The Groves moved into a formerly foreclosed home down the street from an old church building where they welcome guest speakers, artists, and performers to talk and explore questions of faith in community.

"I believe the gospel is capable of squaring off with every dark corner and piece of bad news we hear," Sara says. "You can preach about something, but someone in song or dance can interpret something, and the floodgates of your heart break open."

Art House North opened in January 2012, and has hosted exhibits, creative artists, and performers from a variety of organizations. Sara has a heart for raising a voice for the voiceless, and the Art House North plays a role in fostering creative community for artists in St. Paul.

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