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The Des Moines Arts Festival® is a multi-day Festival that adds vibrancy to Central Iowa by creating opportunities for people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds to celebrate the arts.

Performing Arts

Visual Arts

Live Music

Interrobang Film Festival

Interactive arts activities are one of the four main pillars of the arts featured each year at the Des Moines Arts Festival®. Throughout the Festival, guests of all ages have the opportunity to get creative and hands-on with art, music, dance and more! These activities can be found throughout the Festival at sponsor booths, the Creative Kid’s Zone and even electronically though texts.

Balloons   Stop by the WHO-HD Des Moines booth on the Meredith Corporation Lawn to meet on-air personalities and get a balloon.

Spin Art   Children will have a great time at the Prairie Meadows booth spinning their own art creation.

Reusable Bags   Join Hy-Vee associates to design and decorate your own reusable bag.

Paper Bag Puppets   Create paper bag puppets that reflect intergenerational relationships at play.

Canvas Painting    Show off your inner Picasso and create a masterpiece on canvas using many different drawing tools and art techniques.

Paper Cup Pets & “Pin the ID”   Play “Pin the ID” on the cat or dog, and learn about why pets should have a collar and ID tags. Guests can also create pets using paper cup.

Customizable Wearable Art   Join Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa to decorate a t-shirt and headband.

African Rain Stick   Celebrate the newest expansion to the Blank Park Zoo, the Jaama Kwa 'Connection to Africa exhibits, by making an African rain stick!

Help Decorate a Kid-Sized Cardboard House   Central Iowa Shelter & Services will help you decorate a kid-sized cardboard house while learning about homelessness in Iowa and across the country.

“Magic” Masks   Make a “magic” mask by scraping and revealing colors that lie underneath your mask.

Concert Wristband   Stop by the Des Moines Music Coalition's booth to make and decorate your own 80/35 wristband!

Marble Painting   Join GiGi's Playhouse Des Moines for fun with magic marble painting.

Memory Books   Create your own memory book with HCI Care Services and decorate it with favorite memories. Then, take your memory book home with you to continue to add to with more and more memories!

Gyotaku   Iowa Environmental Council invites you to participate in the ancient Japanese art of Gyotaku-style fish printing, of a native Iowa fish.

Bead Jewelry   ‘Bead a Bracelet’ to help end youth homelessness in Iowa.  Show your support of Iowa Homeless Youth Centers and learn how you can help make a difference in a life of a youth.

Lexigram Bookmark   Create Lexigram book markers with Iowa Primate Learning Sanctuary. Lexigrams are the symbols that the apes use to communicate to humans on their keyboards.

Farm Animal Art   Color a picture of a farm animal and have it made into a button to wear with Living History Farms.

Blow-Ink   Guests will receive a straw and a paper plate which will have 2 drops of food coloring on it.  They will blow air through the straw and watch the food coloring magically create unique forms of art.

Get Your Dance On!   Festival-goers of all ages will have the opportunity to watch and learn Latin dances that include: Salsa, merengue, cha cha, bachata, and more with Salsa Des Moines.

Coffee Filter Butterfly   Create a beautiful monarch butterfly out of coffee filters.

Toy Decorating   Woodturners will use a lathe--machine used to work and shape wood--to demonstrate the turning of spinning tops and other assorted, small wooden objects from recycled wood products.

Shaving Cream Art   Guests will enjoy engaging in musical activities with shakers, guitars and harps with professional VSA Iowa teaching artists. Shaving cream art will also be available! Guests will use food coloring to create a beautiful tie-dye effect on cardstock.

Mosaic   Create a colorful mosaic using tissue paper and light glue.

Create Your Own Sunshine!   Decorate a sun using paper plates, beads and pipe cleaners to take home and hang in your window as a reminder of the fun you had at the Des Moines Arts Festival.

Celery & Lettuce Stamps   Explore original artwork from the beautiful World Food Prize Hall of Laureates. Children can use fruits and vegetables to create stamp designs with paint, and can color and decorate black and white versions of agricultural artwork.


The City of Des Moines invites you to be part of the award-winning Des Moines Arts Festival®.  The Des Moines Arts Festival (DMAF) is one of the nation’s most respected arts events hosting 185 of the nation’s top artists in a beautiful urban street setting surrounding the 4.4 acre John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park.  The outdoor Festival of arts and culture attracts more than 200,000 people each year to its downtown location in Iowa’s capital city and largest metropolitan area.  DMAF is a show dedicated to the highest standards and works diligently to maintain a positive environment for artists and their clients.  DMAF is a non-profit organization founded by the Des Moines Art Center.  The Festival contributes more than $50,000 annually from its proceeds to support the Des Moines Art Center, numerous area non-profit organizations and the continuation of the DMAF. 

There may be many networking opportunities at the 2014 Des Moines Art Festival. Find out more in the event details below.

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Conference/Event Dates: 06/27/2014 - 06/29/2014
Conference/Event Hours: Fri. 11am - 10pm; Sat. 10am - 10pm; Sun. 10am - 5pm
Classification: Consumer
Primary Industry: Art Fairs
Other Industries: Art Fairs, Cultural Fairs, Local Shows & Fairs, Music and Performing Arts
Estimated Attendance: 200,000
Audience: Open to the Public
Venue: Western Gateway Park
Venue Phone: (515) 237-1386
Venue Type: Outdoor - Suburban Park
Number of Exhibitors:185 Visual Artists (2013)
Sponsorship: Yes
Sponsorship Details: At the Des Moines Arts Festival, we believe in customizing a package that works for you! Whether you are looking for branding or corporate giving, we have a broad selection of opportunities that include attaching your name to a project or special event. Some of these events have a longer shelf life than the three-day festival. Whether your goal is marketing, public relations or community giving, or a combination, we will find the right fit for your company. Weâ€TMll work with you to design a package that works to accomplish the goals of your business model.

Booth Size Booth Cost   Available Amenities
10' x 10' $375/$475   Electricity: Yes - Unknown Price
Corner Booth Additional $100 / Prices are subject to change.   Water: n/a
  Generator: n/a
  Marketing Vehicles Allowed: Yes
Other Booth Sizes Available: n/a

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2013 Exhibiting Artists:

Ellie Ali, Drawing/Pastels & Mixed Media  

Kathrine Allen-Coleman, Mixed Media  

Kent Ambler, Graphics/Printmaking  

Jennifer Armstrong & Tanya Alsberg, Fiber

William Armstrong Jr., Drawing/Pastels  

Amy Arnold, Mixed Media  

Anderson Bailey, Ceramics  

Lisa Bailey & William Bailey, Jewelry

Dillon Baker, Emerging Iowa Artist  

James Barnes, Wood  

JoAnn Baumann, Jewelry  

LeRoy Bayerl, Wood  

Kate Beck, Fiber  

Desiree Becker, Emerging Iowa Artist  

Jan Bell, Photography  

Shellie Bender, Jewelry  

Brenda Benson, Glass  

Bozenna & Lukasz Bogucki, Fiber  

Mike Bose, Ceramics  

Gene Brown, Mixed Media  

Jack Brumbaugh, Drawing/Pastels  

Michael Bryant, Photography  

Lisa Burge, Graphics/Printmaking

Lindsay Burke, Emerging Iowa Artist  

Abby Butson, Emerging Iowa Artist  

Roy Cacek, Painting  

John Canterbury, Photography  

Kimmy Cantrell, Ceramics  

Andrew Carson, Sculpture  

Theresa Carson, Jewelry  

Martina Celerin, Fiber  

John Charbonneau, Photography  

Man Ho Cho, Emerging Iowa Artist  

Danny Chu, Painting  

Megan Clark, Jewelry  

Susan Clayton, Sculpture  

Clark Colby, Emerging Iowa Artist  

Candiss Cole-Footitt  & Rodger Footitt, Fiber

Nichole Collins, Jewelry  

Abigail Cooper, Emerging Iowa Artist  

Josh Cote, Sculpture  

William Cowherd, Mixed Media  

Kina Crow, Mixed Media  

Reiko Cunningham, Emerging Iowa Artist  

Chris Dahlquist, Photography  

Kyle Dallman, Wood

Mimi Damrauer, Fiber

Randy Dana, Photography  

Tara Dawley, Ceramics  

Devon Driscoll, Jewelry  

Leslie Emery, Mixed Media

Paul Eshelman, Ceramics  

Terry Evans, Wood  

Jennifer Falter, Ceramics  

Nathan Falter, Ceramics  

David Figueroa, Sculpture  

Matthew Fine, Glass  

Andy Fletcher, Painting  

Amy Flynn, Mixed Media

Amber Forbes, Emerging Iowa Artist  

Michele Friedman, Jewelry  

Sarah Friedrickson, Emerging Iowa Artist  

Carol Fugmann, Jewelry  

Amy Gillespie, Fiber  

Julia Gilmore, Painting  

Klassen Glanzer & Duke Klassen, Jewelry

Mark & Julie Glocke, Glass

Helen Gotlib, Mixed Media  

Steven Graber, Mixed Media  

Keith Grace, Mixed Media  

Charles Greenholdt, Painting  

Kristen Greteman, Emerging Iowa Artist  

Richard Gruchalla & Carrin Rosetti, Ceramics

Signe Grushovenko & Genna Grushovenko, Painting

Terry Habeger, Ceramics  

Hilary Hachey, Jewelry  

Amanda Hall, Emerging Iowa Artist  

Phillip Hall, Jewelry

Anthony Hansen, Metalworks  

Stephen Harnston & Bonnie Harmston, Graphics/Printmaking

Diane Harty, Fiber  

Matthew Hatala, Wood  

Anne Havel, Jewelry  

Clifton Henri, Photography  

Aaron Hequembourg, Mixed Media  

Ginny Herzog, Painting

Susan Hill, Fiber  

Janice Ho, Jewelry  

Cali Hobgood, Photography  

Carrie Hoffnagle, Jewelry  

Barbara Holloway, Fiber

Shaari Horowitz & Alistair Jones, Wood

Denise Houck, Jewelry  

Steven Huffman, Metalworks

Nicario Jimenez, Mixed Media  

Aletha Jones, Painting  

Sam Jones iv, Mixed Media  

Kit Karbler, Glass

Peter Karner, Ceramics  

Peter Kasper, Emerging Iowa Artist  

Gillian Kemper, Graphics/Printmaking  

Barbara Kline, Photography  

Alan Klug, Photography  

Joachim Knill, Painting  

Serena Kojimoto, Jewelry  

Stephen Kostyshyn, Fiber  

Birgit Kupke-Peyla, Jewelry  

K.Anthony Lawler, Emerging Iowa Artist  

Deb LeAir, Ceramics

Ning Lee, Painting  

Seung Lee, Graphics/Printmaking  

Sodam Lee, Emerging Iowa Artist  

Rusty Leffel, Photography  

Linda Lewis, Sculpture  

Susan Littman, Photography  

Glenn Mace, Wood  

Mark MacKinnon, Photography  

Michael Madzo, Mixed Media  

Kelly Marshall, Fiber  

Robert Matthews & Leslie Guinan, Mixed Media

Toby McGee, Glass  

Thomas McGurrin, Jewelry  

Michael McKee, Drawing

Jack McLean & Alice McLean, Metalworks

Jody Depew McLeane, Drawing/Pastels  

Don McWhorter, Ceramics  

James Mosier, Metalworks  

John Mowen, Sculpture  

James (Michael) Nemnich, Mixed Media & Drawing/Pastels  

Steve Nowatzki, Graphics/Printmaking  

Xavier Nuez, Photography  

James Ochs, Graphics/Printmaking  

Nnamdi Okonkwo, Sculpture  

Lawrence Oliverson, Photography  

Scott Olson, Painting  

Arunas Oslapas, Metalworks & Mixed Media  

Kyle Osvog, Ceramics  

Tiffany Ownbey, Mixed Media  

Steve Palmer, Glass

James Parker, Photography

Jaimie Perry, Painting

Jodi Perry, Painting  

Loretta Petraitis, Painting  

James Petran, Painting  

Angie Pickman, Mixed Media

Reza Pishgahi & Lois Hutter-Pishgahi, Sculpture

Roberta Polfus, Ceramics  

H.C. Porter, Mixed Media  

Steven Potts, Wood

Luke Proctor, Metalworks  

George Raab, Graphics/Printmaking  

Steven Radtke & Beth Radtke, Mixed Media

Mark Reynolds & Carol Reynolds, Wood

Ella Richards, Mixed Media  

David Royce, Glass  

Sundie Ruppert & Brad Ruppert, Mixed Media

Ellie Rusinova & Brandan Styles, Painting & Mixed Media

Nuch Ryan, Wood  

Richard Ryan, Glass  

Jill Schienle, Jewelry

Christne Schub, Painting  

Jack Schwab, Mixed Media  

Michael Schwegmann, Ceramics  

Arielle Senger Neher, Emerging Iowa Artist

Andrew Shea, Glass  

Casey Sheppard, Jewelry  

Steven Skinner, Ceramics  

Rebecca Skow, Emerging Iowa Artist  

Archie Smith, Wood  

Andrew Sovjani, Photography  

Thomas Spake, Glass  

Sam Stang & Kaeko Maehata, Glass

Paige Stanton, Emerging Iowa Artist  

Gregory Story, Ceramics  

Luke Stretar, Painting  

Kate Strong, Fiber  

Kitty Sturrock, Painting  

Brian Sullivan, Painting  

Julie Sutter-Blair, Graphics/Printmaking   

Tres Taylor, Mixed Media  

Allan Teger, Photography  

Daryl Thetford, Photography  

Shawn Thomas & Horace Thomas, Fiber

Dean Russell Thompson, Graphics/Printmaking  

Philip Thompson, Graphics/Printmaking

Beau Tudzarov, Mixed Media  

Mike Turney, Mixed Media  

Michael Vagner & Nurit Asher Vagner, Jewelry

Chris Vance, Painting  

Taman VanScoy, Painting  

Connie Verrusio, Jewelry  

Caroline Viene, Jewelry  

David Vigo, Metalworks

Arty Vongphakdy, Emerging Iowa Artist  

Thomas Wargin, Sculpture  

Wild Weldon, Sculpture

Chris Wheeler, Mixed Media  

Judith Whipple, Mixed Media  

R. Michael Wommack, Drawing/Pastels  

Kreg Yingst, Graphics/Printmaking  

Youngjoo Yoo, Emerging Iowa Artist  

Lou Zale, Photography  

Flora Zarate, Fiber  

Yu Zhou, Painting

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