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City Sounds

Sounds of Art Week, by Trey Reis


Photo via Des Moines Social Club

The stated mission of Art Week is to encourage broader participation and support of the local art scene, so it only made sense to join up with the Des Moines public piano project, City Sounds. Celebrating its fifth year, City Sounds has once again installed pianos decorated by local artists all around our fair city. The idea is to encourage impromptu performances and the casual soundtracking of Des Moines goings-on by its everyday citizens.

Be a part of the Art Week festivities and hold your own concert anytime at one of these public piano locations:

Raygun – 500 E Grand

Des Moines Social Club – 900 Mulberry St.

Ted’s Coney Island – 3020 Ingersoll Ave.

Woody’s Smoke Shack – 2511 Cottage Grove

Downtown YMCA – 501 Grand Ave.

Shops at Roosevelt – 833 42nd St.

Cowles Commons – 4th and Walnut St.

Windsor Heights – 6601 University Ave.

Smokey Row – 1910 Cottage Grove

Mainframe Studios – 900 Keosauqua Way

More information can be found here

Too Broke for the Arts Festival at Vaudeville Mews

Sounds of Art Week, by Trey Reis

Photo via Facebook Event

Offering a low-cost, all-local option to the Des Moines Arts Festival marketplace, Too Broke for the Arts Festival returns to the Vaudeville Mews for another year of light price tags and heavy tunes.

This year’s fest will feature artwork from 25 local artists, and live musical offerings from TV Cop, Plagued Insanity, Rad Enhancer, and 3 Finger Betty. The art show is free; the music afterward will cost you a fiver. Pocket change!

Too Broke for the Arts Festival

Saturday, June 23

2 PM Art Exhibit

5 PM Music

Vaudeville Mews

212 4th Street

More information can be found here.

art week for young artists

via Ugo Rondinone, MOONRISE. east. january, 2005. Painted cast aluminum on steel plinth.

It’s never too early to appreciate art! Children are some of the world’s best artists, and these events are sure to inspire your little ones to create a true masterpiece. Art Week isn’t just for grown ups - many events are designed to reach all art appreciators no matter their age. So if you’re stuck in a summer rut already, skip the water park and bring your kids to Art Week.

Be drawn by the Portrait Studio at the Mars Cafe.
4 PM, Monday. Portrait Studio is a traveling art experience designed to bring unique art by real artists to communities and organizations. All artists have a unique style and practice outside of the studio. Portraits are $10 per face.

East Side Mural Tour + Bike Ride
5:30 PM, Monday. Join Des Moines City Ride for a bicycle tour of the East Side Murals and learn more about the project and the artists behind them.  Meet at Third Space DSM (1707 E. Grand Avenue) at 5:30pm to screen print your own bike themed t-shirt with The Side Garage before the ride!

Rock the Des Moines Arts Festival Rock Painting Event
1 PM, Tuesday. Stop in any time between 1p-8pm to paint a couple rocks to be shared with the world as you visit the Des Moines Art Festival.  There is a national kindness movement that involves painting, hiding and finding rocks.

Baby + Me Drop-In Tour at the Pappajohn Scultpure Park
11 AM, Wednesday. Adults are encouraged to bring their infants (pre-walkers) to an informal tour led by an Art Center docent. While conversation is geared for adults, babies love the visual stimulation of artwork.

Third Space Back Lot Bash
5 PM, Friday. Live Music and DJ sponsored by the Warren Morrow Latin Music Festival with free tacos! Graffiti art demonstrations and live mural painting with Miami based artists Diana Contreras, Nate Dee, and Amanda Valdes Neighborhood Tattoo Artist Showcase with Edgar Tenorio, Adan Gomez, and Ramon Ortiz.