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ThrowBack 2020

It all started in 1958 when the Des Moines Art Center hosted the All Iowa Art Fair to help celebrate the museum's 10th anniversary. Between 1958-1982, the event was given many names including All Iowa Art Fair, Iowa Artists Exhibition, Iowa Artists Annual Show, and Iowa Art Show. In 1983, the festival was officially identified as Art in the Park and in 1992 moved from the Des Moines Art Center to the Iowa State Fairgrounds. It remained at the Fairgrounds until 1998 when it was moved to the Downtown bridges and renamed the Des Moines Arts Festival. To avoid construction and further expand, the Festival moved to the Western Gateway in 2006. The Festival’s footprint evolved every year until 2009 when John and Mary Pappajohn bequeathed over 20 sculptures to the City of Des Moines. This generous gift resulted in the construction of the Pappajohn Sculpture Park. The 4.4-acre park is now the permanent home to the Des Moines Arts Festival.

You can view an in-depth look at our history here.

Thanks to our friends at MediGold, we're taking a look back at our 60+ year history with some of our favorite photos. We'd love to see your favorites too! Share your memories on social media with the hashtag #dmafthrowback2020.

All Iowa Art Fair / Art in the Park

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