The Des Moines Social Club is an innovative arts and entertainment venue located in a renovated, historic art deco Firehouse in downtown Des Moines. The non-profit provides a home for local artists, offers unique programming spanning all arts disciplines, and brings people of every age and background together under one roof — all for the purpose to use the arts as a catalyst to create unprecedented community engagement.
On any given night at the Des Moines Social Club, you may see thought-provoking theater, pop-up art galleries, circus classes, entertaining trivia competitions, live music, or art courses for kids — all happening simultaneously. There’s something for everyone at the Des Moines Social Club.
Once renovations are complete in May, the Des Moines Social Club will span two buildings, multiple floors, an outdoor courtyard and featuring the Viaduct Gallery, Kum & Go Theater, Malo Restaurant, and Capes Kafé, as well as numerous performance spaces, classrooms, and non-profit office space.
Download the 2013 Des Moines Social Club Annual Report.
A Note from Zack
I first moved here in the fall of 2007 to open a theater and restaurant that would bring different types of people together. What we have built over the past 7 years has completely surpassed my wildest imagination. We have a space that is entirely unique to the rest of the country, a space designed to give life to and develop our local artists, retain and recruit young people, build community through the arts and most importantly – help to establish a permanent arts scene in Des Moines. An arts scene that will not only be recognized nationally, but will also expand economic development like never before. An arts scene that will empower our robust talent and help more innovators open other spaces to foster the scene. Welcome to what Des Moines Social Club was meant to be. Never forget you made it happen. Countless people have built this space, and here is a little shout-out to those first brave souls who gave their blood, sweat, and tears in year 1 to make this happen. Thank you all for building. Let’s do it again soon.
DMSC would not have happened without the generosity, spirit, will, desire and creativity of these stubborn artists who poured in countless hours to do everything from hang ceiling tiles, build bathrooms and put on shows. Thank you a
– Zachary Mannheimer