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The Des Moines Arts Festival and Prairie Meadows team up to present the Community Outreach Program presented by Prairie Meadows. This award-winning program offers non-profit organizations the opportunity to participate onsite 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 in the Creative Zone during the festival on Grand Avenue between 15th & 16th Street.

2021 Community Outreach Inquiry Form

Applications to be part of the 2021 Community Outreach Program will open March 8. Please submit your information to be contacted when applications are available. This program is free for organizations to participate.
Key dates:
March 8: application opens
April 16: application closes
April 30: selected organizations are notified
May 21: signed agreements & COI due

Contact Information

Organization Information

Non-Profit Organization Needs

We are proud to partner local non-profits to produce the Community Outreach Program during the festival. These organizations make up the Creative Zone where they share their mission and lead interactive activities. We also have great partnerships with organizations who are managing our beverage stations and local music non-profits providing quality entertainment throughout the weekend.

In this time of need we could all use a little help, whether it’s a financial donation or a donation of your time, these organizations need our community more than ever. We’ve put together of list of our non-profit partners from 2019 & 2020 to share with you. If you have the capability and means to do so safely, we encourage you to reach out to them directly.

Animal Rescue League of Iowa
Urgent needs include adoption and donation

Blank Park Zoo

Many ways to support the zoo including some animal supply wish lists, donation, etc.

Boys2Men Youth Program

In need of volunteers, donations for snacks/field trips, t-shirts, laptops, and books. More information can be found on their website.

Catholic Schools Diocese of Des Moines

COVID-19 relief fund option

Central Iowa Music Lab

Virtual learning for any musical instrument or voice!

Community Support Advocates, Inc.

Continue serving artists with disabilities and mental health diagnoses during COVID-19 by donating to their cause. Your gift will help provide more virtual resources, art supplies delivered via contactless delivery, and safe and health art studio access when social distancing recommendations allow.

Community Youth Concepts

Wishlist listed as well as donation opportunity

Des Moines European Heritage Association

Donation option to support their mission. Please send an email to suzanne.hull@dmeha.org if you're interested in helping plan Christkindlmarket Des Moines (monthly meetings) or being a shift volunteer at the festival. Shift opportunities are from November 30 - December 7.


Lots of ideas on how to support EveryStep programming, including a DIY fundraiser

Girls Rock! Des Moines

Virtual summer rock camp registration is now open! Volunteer opportunities available.

Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity

Looking for general donations to support programming including memorial gifts

Iowa Dance Theatre

Interactive dance lessons, including tap dances from Tap Des Moines

Iowa Human-Animal Bond Society

Donation opportunity to support their mission

Iowa Radio Reading Information Service for the Blind andPrint Handicapped

Ongoing opportunity for volunteers to read in 90 minute shifts

Iowa Youth Chorus

Support opportunities and ideas shared such as the Amazon Smile program

Luthern Services in Iowa (LSI)

Volunteer and donation opportunities to help support mission and programming

March of Dimes - Iowa Chapter

In need of hand-made cloth face masks (to be donated to the local OB offices and NICUs for pregnant mothers and NICU parents), various donated items to be placed up for auction their annual gala.

Opportunity on Deck

Donation opportunity to support mission and programming.

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Iowa

Support their mission by donation or by becoming an advocate.

Pulse 101.7FM

Accepting donations or pledges to support programming.

Walnut Creek Church

Donate to a benevolence fund that is helping raise money for people in the community who are challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The award-winning Community Outreach Program is made possible because of the generous support from
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