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2022 Preview Guide

June 24 - 26, 2022 I Western Gateway Park

VISUAL I MUSIC I PERFORMING I FILM I INTERACTIVE
#DMAF I #gowhereittakesyou

Juried Art Fair presented by Nationwide featuring 188 of the nation’s best artists selected from a competitive jury process / Emerging Iowa Artists Program presented by Principal® / Interrobang Film Festival featuring 40 films from 7 countries / Community Outreach Program presented by MidAmerican Energy Company showcasing and supporting Central Iowa nonprofit organizations / Live music on the Hy-Vee Main Stage featuring G. Love & Special Sauce, Moon Taxi and Cedric Burnside / BOOM ART! presented by MidAmerican Energy Company Roots Stage featuring William Elliott Whitmore, Sarah Shook & the Disarmers and Chicago Farmer / Green Arts Zero-Waste Sustainability Program sponsored by Dotdash Meredith / Silent Rivers Design+Build VIP Club Over 600 volunteers sponsored by Polk County Board of Supervisors / Student Art Exhibition and Visionary Artists Ceremony presented by GreenState Credit Union / Artist Demonstrations / Emerging Iowa Artist demonstrations presented by Principal® / Interactive Arts Activities / DMAF Curated Exhibition / Yoga in the Park / Wearable art at two Arts Festival Shops / The Des Moines Playhouse presents Matilda / Wide variety of beverages from Exile Brewing Company, Gateway Market and craft beers from throughout Iowa / Eclectic food booths and food trucks

OFFICIAL SPONSORS

PARTICIPATING SPONSORS

DOTDASH MEREDITH
GREENSTATE CREDIT UNION
IOWA PUBLIC RADIO

SUPPORTING SPONSORS

AMERICAN EQUITY INVESTMENT LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY
IOWA ARTS COUNCIL
G. DAVID (dec) AND TRUDY HOLMAN HURD FUND
PRAIRIE MEADOWS RACETRACK & CASINO

CONTRIBUTING SPONSORS

AMERICAN ENTERPRISE GROUP INC.
ATLANTIC BOTTLING COMPANY
CENTRO RESTAURANT
EXILE BREWING COMPANY
GATEWAY MARKET
KUM & GO
RENEWAL BY ANDERSEN
RUAN FOUNDATION
USCELLULAR
VERO
VOLUNTEER LOCAL

GENERAL INFORMATION

admission: FREE

info: desmoinesartsfestival.org
info@desmoinesartsfestival.org
(515) 883-0924

disabled access: The Festival grounds are handicap accessible. Wheelchairs are available for checkout on a first-come, first-served biases at Volunteer HQ.

getting there: For a full list of options on how to reach and park at the Festival, including walking, riding your bike, taking DART, and more, visit: desmoinesartsfestival.org/gettingthere

handicap parking: Designated handicap parking is located on the north side of Walnut St, between 12th St & 13th St. Parking is limited & on a first-come, first-served basis.

$$$: The Arts Festival has gone cashless! This means that the Festival Stores (Official Festival Merchandise), and all Food & Beverage locations accept touchless pay or credit/debit card only.

media: Contact Colleen Murphy at cmurphy@desmoinesartsfestival.org

policies
The health and safety of our guests remains a top priority. Please do not attend the Festival if you or someone in your party has symptoms or has recently tested positive for COVID-19.
» Please respect the original work of the artists - ask before snapping a photo
» No outside beverages are allowed within the Festival site. For safety reasons, glass bottles are prohibited within the Festival site. Revenue from Festival sanctioned on-site beverage sales assists the DMAF in remaining an admission-free event. Proceeds also benefit our many non-profit vending partners’ important community programs. Please purchase your food and beverages from one of the Festival vendors.
» Alcoholic beverages are sold within the Festival site to patrons 21-years and older presenting valid identification. State laws and regulations require that alcoholic beverages purchased at the Festival remain on-site. On-site security will ask you to dispose of any alcoholic beverages before you exit or enter.
» State law prohibits smoking inside any structure or in any seating or entertainment area on the Festival grounds. This includes vaping and e- cigarette.
» Large signs and placards which may endanger or inconvenience the public attending the Festival are prohibited onsite. The Festival is not responsible for any injury resulting from this prohibition.
» Please dismount bikes, skateboards, & roller blades upon entering the Festival site. Free bike valet is available on Locust Street between 15th & 16th Streets. The Festival is not responsible for injury due to riding through the Festival site.
» The Festival reserves the right to decline admittance to anyone who violates the policies established for public safety or to restrict activities within the Festival site.
» All packages are subject to search.
» Be kind to your pets - leave them at home when you visit the Festival. For the safety of the pet due to the heat and the number of people, pets are highly discouraged. City regulations state that seeing-eye dogs are allowed on-site. Pets are not allowed inside artist’s tents.
» No firearms, weapons, or fireworks are allowed on the Festival site.
» Buskers and/or entertainers who are not contracted with the Festival are not permitted.
» By entering the Festival grounds, guest expressly grants Des Moines Arts Festival® and its partners the right to use your image or likeness , or your child’s image or likeness, in any promotional or advertising materials, or in any live or recorded transmission of the Festival.

VOLUNTEERS

Volunteer Program Sponsor

Volunteer Program Sponsor

Volunteers are a vital part of the Festival every year and we could not execute an award-winning Festival of this magnitude without YOUR help. There is still time to contribute your talent
to the success of the Festival by signing up today to volunteer for a variety of jobs and shifts

All volunteers will receive a volunteer t-shirt to wear during their shift(s), snacks provided by Natural Grocers and a free beer coupon from Exile Brewing Company (21+ only).

silent rivers vip club

Enjoy the Festival as a VIP!
Your patronage helps to ensure this globally-recognized Festival remains free to attend and continues to offer rich programming that makes it the best in the world. Your contribution today is a sign you value Iowa’s arts and culture. And to say thanks for your tax-deductible contribution, we’d like to treat you like a VIP.

Some benefits you will receive by becoming a Patron include exclusive access to the Silent Rivers VIP Club, complimentary beverages and food, air-conditioned bathrooms facilities, package hold, drink coupons, discount on festival merchandise, express lane services at food & beverage locations.

Learn more and donate online at desmoinesartsfestival.org/patron

2022 exhibiting artists

The Juried Art Fair presented by Nationwide features the works of 188 professional visual artists from across the nation in a variety of medium. Invitations to artists come from a pool of over 800 applicants making Des Moines one of the nation’s most competitive shows. Ten of the invited artists are award winners from 2021 and received an automatic invitation.

artist demonstrations

Professional and emerging artists share their knowledge and passion for their work throughout the weekend with demonstrations of their work. Professional artists provide insight into a variety of medium including ceramics, painting, drawing, and mixed media.

DMAF

Student Art Exhibition

GreenState Credit Union and Des Moines Arts Festival® are proud to host the Student Art Exhibition (SAE). The SAE is a program that spotlights the creativity of children K-12 attending schools in central Iowa. Students’ artistic achievements will be on display at the Festival, June 24 – 26 at the corner of 13th Street and Locust Street.

All Student Art Exhibition participants and their family and teachers are invited to the Visionary Artist Ceremony on Saturday, June 25, 2022 on the Hy-Vee Main Stage (located on the west side of 12th St., between Locust St. and Grand Ave.). The ceremony will be divided into two sessions by grade. The ceremony for students in Kindergarten through 4th grade, will begin at 11:00 a.m. The ceremony for students in 5th through 12th grade, will begin at 1:00 p.m. During each session, student artists will be called on stage to receive a medallion of appreciation in recognition for their artistic efforts.

DMAF

LIVE MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT ON TWO STAGES

Visit desmoinesartsfestival.org/music for complete details.

community outreach program

The Des Moines Arts Festival and premier sponsor, MidAmerican Energy Company, team up to present the Community Outreach Program. This award-winning program offers nonprofit organizations the opportunity to participate on-site and share their mission and programming to thousands of guests free of charge. In exchange for the free booth space, each organization provides an interactive arts-related activity for guests.

Blank Park Zoo
Boys2men
Central Iowa Shelter & Services Decoding Dyslexia - Iowa
Des Moines Refugee Support Everybody Wins! Iowa
Girls Rock! Des Moines
Iowa 4-H
Iowa Bird Rehabilitation
Iowa Dance Theatre
Iowa Donor Network
Iowa Motion Picture Association
Iowa Stage Theater
Company
Please Pass The Love
Science Center Of Iowa
The Sunny Porch
The Supply Hive
Victory Kid Sports Foundation Inc.

Find out more at desmoinesartsfestival.org/communityoutreachprogram



BOOM! art

Calling all doodlers! One of the Festival’s don’t-miss activities is the at the popular BOOM Art! Interactive mural project sponsored by MidAmerican Energy Company, which offers Festival guests (including kids AND kids at heart) the chance to contribute to an enormous coloring-book styled mutal; as each 10-foot section comes to live, the mural is hoisted up to 30 feet in the air by MidAmerican’s zero-emission/all-electric bucket trucks. Markers provided,no skills required, and don’t be surprised if MidAmerican mascots Sniffie the Sniffasauras and Louie the Lightning Bug drop by to join the fun. After the Festival, the final mural (which can extend up to 100 feet) displays at events around the community, including the Iowa State Fair.

For a complete list of interactive fun visit desmoinesartsfestival.org/interactive
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