Interactive Arts


Interactive arts activities are one of the four main pillars of the arts featured each year at the Des Moines Arts Festival®. Throughout the Festival, guests of all ages have the opportunity to get creative and hands-on with art, music, dance and more! These activities can be found throughout the Festival at sponsor booths, the Creative Kid’s Zone and even electronically though texts.

Pinot's Palette

Pinot's offers a relaxed, fun environment to get expert guidence 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 popular paintings like Japanese Moon Garden and Moonlight Blossoms just to name a few. Adults can enjoy this class for only $15, children for $10. Come on in anytime; classes are available throughout the weekend.



Metro Arts Alliance Public Art Project presented by Register Media

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.


Interactive Art Experience

IN 2014, we invited guests to help re-create Sunday on the Island of LaGrande Jatte in grand scale by transfomring the painting into a giant billboard-sized 20'x30' painting!


George Seurat, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, 1884, Oil on Canvas, 27 3/4x41 in.,
Bequest of Sam A. Lewisohn, 1951 (51.112.6), The Art Institute of Chicago


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