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community outreach program

The Community Outreach Program presented by MidAmerican Energy Company offers twenty non-profit organizations the opportunity to participate on-site at the Des Moines Arts Festival®, free of charge, to share their mission to thousands of families visiting the festival. New this year, MidAmerican Energy Company will be providing $250.00 to each of the selected non-profit organizations to assist with Festival art supplies and staffing. To participate, non-profit organizations provide an on-site interactive arts-related activity and manage their booth during the open hours of the Creative Zone. The non-profit organization is encouraged to display approved signage and distribute organization information within the area.

Applications are now closed.

Please note: It is the intent of the Des Moines Arts Festival to implement consistent and relevant protocols that will ensure a safe and comfortable environment for our partners and guests at the end of June.

2022 Timeline
March 7: Applications Open
March 24: Community Outreach Program 101 (if you're new to the program or would like to learn more - registration is required, see below)
April 15: Applications Close
April 29: Selected organizations notified
May 27: Paperwork due from organizations


The Festival will provide:

  • One 10’ x 10’ tented space in the Festival’s Creative Zone
  • A banner displaying your non-profit organization’s name and logo
  • Two 8’ skirted tables and two chairs
  • Shared on-site storage unit (with padlock)
  • $250.00 to be used for the purchase of Festival related art supplies or staffing

Non-Profit Organizations will provide:

  • An interactive arts-related activity (approved by Festival – we’re happy to brainstorm with you!)
  • Staff/Volunteers to manage and run the booth for the duration of Creative Zone hours.
  • Any costs above the $250.00 associated with the activity and staffing. We encourage you to utilize your volunteers and Board members to host your booth!

Exhibiting Regulations:

  • Non-profit organizations are encouraged to solicit memberships and hand out promotional literature and educational materials.
  • All interactive activities and performances must be pre-approved by the Festival.
  • Raffling or distributing of merchandise require written approval. Please include this information in your application (we’re open to ideas!).
  • No merchandise, novelties, food/drink sales, or tipping are permitted.
  • Non-profit organizations are responsible for maintaining a clean and orderly tent during all Festival hours. Any damage done to the tent, table, or chairs will be the responsibility of your non-profit organization.
  • Organizations must leave their space the way they found it at the conclusion of the Festival. (Trash and recycling to be disposed in proper bins provided by DMAF in your area)
  • Non-profit organizations are entered into a contract with the Festival and must provide a valid Certificate of Insurance.
  • Non-profit organizations and their employees/volunteers must abide by the general rules and policies of the Festival - including Covid-19 protocols set by the festival.
  • Booths are required to be open and attended at all times during the following hours, rain or shine. Failure to do so will result in denial of future participation.
Creative Zone Hours:
Friday, June 24, 11 AM - 7 PM
Saturday, June 25, 11 AM - 7 PM
Sunday, June 26, 11 AM - 5 PM

Acceptance notifications will be sent out by or on Friday, April 29, 2022. A program representative will be in touch should we have questions about your activities.

Participating organizations will be required to attend a conference call to review load in, set up, engagement during the festival, and tear down, on Wednesday, June 15, 2022.

For questions and assistance, please contact:
Samantha Morris
Program Intern
(515) 416-6066

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