June 26 - 28, 2015 Western Gateway Park Friday & Saturday 11AM - 10PM I Sunday 11AM - 5PM

Art Projects

Louie the Lightning Bug

Saving energy is easy! Express yourself on the MidAmerican Energy Drawing Kiosk. Join Louie the Lightning Bug to create your own interpretation on how saving energy is easy!

Metro Arts Alliance Public Art Project

The more than two million people going through the Des Moines International Airport annually will experience something new this fall.  But first, they will need to stop by the Des Moines Arts Festival to lend their creative hands to its creation!

After a three-month selection process, Metro Arts Alliance, in partnership with The Des Moines International Airport and Des Moines Arts Festival®, announced that artist  Bounnak Thammavong has been selected for the Metro Arts Public Art Project. This special project commemorates the 40th anniversary of the organization in October 2015.

Thammavong is a regional artist who emigrated from Laos and now lives and works in Swisher, Iowa. His artwork is conceptually inspired by nature and literature viewed through the lens of his Asian-American heritage. His specialties include hand-painted portraits and large-scale public art; where the processes and media of his work vary from highly traditional to industrially modern.

Thammavong's current work includes the use of 3D CAD design and 3D rapid prototyping as a major portion of the conceptual process. His art is on display in public exhibitions throughout the Midwest.

Paint Your Own T-Shirt

It's much more fun to paint your own t-shirt! Grab some fabric paints and enjoy this activity while creating your very own t-shirt. T-shirts are available at the Arts Festival Shop. Then stop by next door to paint your own.

New this year are string backpacks!!

Pinot's Palette

Pinot's Palette offers a relaxed, fun environment to get expert guidance from local artists. This year, Pinot's is bringing their classes to the Des Moines Arts Festival! Join us for a self-guided painting class, where Pinot's will help you create a masterpiece. Choose from a selection of popiular paintings like Japanese Moon Garden and Moonlight Blossoms. Adults can enjoy this class for only $15, children for $10. Come on in anytime throughout the weekend.

Creative Family Zone

Origami and Circuits 
Learn how to make Origami and use making kits to create a circuit with The Science Center of Iowa.

Flower Planting
Learn how to help living things grow and strive by planting flowers in a decorated pot with Anawim Housing.

Memory Books 
Create and decorate a memory book to honor a loved one with HCI Care Services.

Kids for the Cure Art
Participate in Susan G. Komen’s art contest. Start your drawing at the booth or take it home and perfect it!

Come decorate a coloring sheet with the Animal Rescue League of Iowa.

Create Your Dream Business 
Draw a picture of your dream business and get your photo taken using the Downtown Chamber of Commerce’s giant scissors to cut the ribbon for your new business.

Colorful Spin Art
Come to Iowa District Optimists to create spin art with the colors of your choice.

Marble Painting 
Join the Des Moines Social Club for fun with unique marble painting.

Community Canvas
Add your definition of “consent” to Iowa CASA’s community canvas and decorate a coloring page.

Homemade Pet Toys 
Join AHeinz 57 Pet Rescue and Transport to make a fleece toy for your favorite dog.

Create a colorful mosaic using tissue paper and light glue with the Walnut Creek Church.

Music Making 
Join Teaching Leaves to create your own song using traditional Native American drums and rattles.

Get Your Dance On
Guests of all ages have the chance to watch and learn Latin Dance with Salsa Des Moines.

Create Your Own Sunshine
Make summer last with West side Early Education by decorating a sun with paper plates, pipe cleaners, beads and more!

Customizable Buttons 
Come color a picture of a zoo animal and have it made into a button with the Blank Park Zoo.

Milagros Style Engravings
Stop by the AARP Iowa tent to make wearable engravings using craft foil and a wooden stylus.

Custom Coloring Table
Come draw your favorite animal or play a bean bag game with the Animal Lifeline of Iowa.