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Des Moines Arts Festival is looking for creative types! If you are a graphic designer and interested in designing the look and feel for one of the world’s best festivals that prides itself on one-of-a-kind creative designs, contact us today! 

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Click HERE for creative examples from past years.

Des Moines Arts Festival has a terrific internship program designed for students who want to make a difference in their community. If you are interested in helping build one of the world’s best festivals, contact us today! 

Marketing & Graphic Design Intern:  assists staff in the preparation and execution of the Festival’s collateral materials, including signage, print ads, electronic ads, marketing materials, sponsorship materials, credentials, etc.  This internship begins in the SPRING semester (January - May) and continues a full time member of the team through the three day event in June.

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Stephen King, CFEE, Executive Director

James Bruton, Production Manager

Liz Adelman, Adelman PR, Marketing and Communications

Kristian Day, Guest Producer, Interrobang Film Festival    

Madeleine Pals, Intern



Board of Directors

E.J. Giovannetti, Chair, Hopkins & Huebner, P.C.*

Andrew Allen, The Principal Financial Group

Kirk Blunck, Herbert Lewis Kruse Blunck

Sarah Buckley, GuideOne Insurance

Chris Connolly, Iowa Events Center/Global Spectrum

Christopher Diebel, LPCA Public Strategies

Jeff Fleming, Ex-Officio, Des Moines Art Center*

Kristen Gray, Iowa Public Television*

Hon. Christine Hensley, Des Moines City Council

Larassa Kabel, Artist*

Stephen King, CFEE, Executive Director, Des Moines Arts Festival*

Barbara Kirk, Community Leader

Robert Larson, John Deere

Maury Leysens, DuPont Pioneer*

Jenny McCoy, Secretary, Meredith Corporation*

Laura Palmer, Big Brothers Big Sisters

Susan Patterson Plank, Customized Newspaper Advertising

Natalie Tomaras, Treasurer, Athene*

Lori Vodraska, The Principal Financial Group

Tom Whitney, Whitney Law Office

 *Executive Committee

Past Chairs

Pamela Bass-Bookey

Kirk Blunck

Robert Josten

Tracy Lewis

Kent Mauck

Pat McFarland

Jim Quilty


Event Management Team

Jill ApplegateOffice Manager

Kathryn Baxter, Production

Molly Bochanyin, Merchandise Assistant/Designer

Lizzy Chambers, Production

Micah ChaplinOffice Manager

Spencer Christensen, Merchandise Assistant

Carrie Clogg, Beer & Wine Sales

Jeffrey Craig, Production

Amy Croll, Beer & Wine Sales

Angie Croll, Beer & Wine Sales

Jessica Davis, Production

Kristian Day, Interrobang Film Festival

Seth Dobrin, Beverage Relations

Brian Dreesman, Artist Relations

Krista Dunn, Sculpture Garden

Yehuda Feigenbaum, Production

Matt Fisher, Volunteer Relations

Sarah Haley, Social Media

Chaden Halfhill, Sustainability

Tom Helbig, Production

Lynnae Hentzen, Beer & Wine Sales 

Kristina HuntsmanVolunteer Relations

Renae Irvin, Merchandise Manager

Madeleine King, Production

Micheal Lane, Nuturing a Student's Vision

Kent Maahs, Sponsor Relations

Jaclynne Maranell, Artist Relations

Debbie Martin, Beer & Wine Sales

Sean Masters, Artist Relations

Laura Miller, Production

Laurie Miller, Entertainment

Carrie Norris, Beer & Wine Sales

Nicole Peckumn, Entertainment

Jermi Porter, Food Vendor Relations

Drew Riebhoff, Artist Relations

Ryan Rohlf, Sponsor Relations

Tabitha Rudd, Sustainability

Michele Slawson, Entertainment 

Taylor Stone, Production

Jodi Tomlonovic, Sculpture Garden

Brad Van Eaton, Sponsor Relations

Jennifer Voorhees, Beer & Wine Sales

Aaron Ward, Interrobang Film Festival

Kurt Weakland, Beverage Relations

Rich Webster, Beverage Relations

Jeremy Weiss, Social Media

Joleen Weller, Nurturing a Student's Vision 

Avana Wheeler, Sponsor Relations 

Nicole Winebrenner, Volunteer Relations

Melissa Winters, Beer & Wine Sales 

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