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We are committed to strengthening a vibrant and creative community. Dedicated to the principles of collaboration and creative expression, ARTSwork and Des Moines Arts Festival inspires engagement with the arts, fosters and celebrates inclusion, values professionalism and quality, and champions new and emerging ideas.


To accomplish these aspirations, the organization produces the Des Moines Arts Festival®, an annual outdoor festival celebrating arts and culture, provides programming and support to artists and arts organizations, advocates for a “arts first” leadership model, and inspires individuals to find their creative voice.



One of the world's most respected juried art shows, hosting 190 of the nation's top artists on June 23 - 25, 2023 in a beautiful urban street setting surrounding the 4.4 acres John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park and the Krause Gateway Center designed by Renzo Piano Workshop. Fourteen-time winner of the coveted Grand Pinnacle Award from the International Festivals and Events Association, the outdoor festival celebrating arts and culture attracts more than 200,000 people each year to its downtown location in Iowa's capital city and largest metropolitan area.

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When you donate to ARTSwork, you will be preserving the landmark award-winning Des Moines Arts Festival and supporting the creative economy. Des Moines Arts Festival is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to impact lives through the arts.


Thank you for your support!

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