DMSC Board Profile: Adam Holt

Give a big high five to Des Moines Social Club board member, Adam Holt.

Name: Adam Holt
Employer: Sparga
Job Title: Owner / Creative Director
Twitter Handle: @TheAdamHolt
Website/Blog: www.facebook.com/spargadesign

Q: How long have you been involved with the DMSC? What’s your role within the organization?
A: I’ve been on the board since 2010, but have been coming to events since they’ve started. I serve on the marketing committee and do a lot of design as well. Last year I redesigned the logo and am working on ongoing branding.

Q: Why are you a DMSC board member?
A: I think the Social Club is great because it serves such a wide variety of people. From kids to adults, to countless artistic disciplines. The staff at the Social Club have an eagerness and an open mind to constantly try new things.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about living in Des Moines?
A: I really love how tight knit the community is here. I grew up in Des Moines and never really felt people had a sense of pride about Des Moines, including myself for a long time. This has all changed and you can tell people are really excited and proud to live here, especially younger people. People are gung ho about improving their community. It’s crazy to see how different this town is in even the past 10 – 15 years.

Q: What’s the best thing about Des Moines’ arts, culture, and entertainment community?
A: There’s a great synergy between people on a lot of levels. From the people with money to the people with crazy ideas that want to make them a reality. It’s cool how everyone is working together for the better good of the city.

Q: Tell us a bit about your personal involvement with the arts?
A: Drawing was one of my favorite things to do growing up. My friend Tim Gass and I spent hours inventing new comic book characters when we were younger. I always excelled in art classes as well. I settled on studying graphic design at Iowa State because I thought it was a good opportunity have a career in a creative field. A few years after I graduated Tim and I formed Sparga as a music concert poster business. We’ve printed posters for shows at Vaudeville Mews, Hoyt Sherman and local bands. We’ve also done posters for the annual Art Crank bike poster show and Crossroads Entertainment Conference. I can’t draw worth a lick now, but it’s interesting to me to see how creative outlets can evolve over time.

Q: What’s your favorite memory from a DMSC event?
A: The recent Sensory Overload show was a blast. Seeing an abandoned school transformed into a huge art party was really cool and really well done. Seeing what artists and creative thinkers can do with an abandoned building and limited resources should be a great inspiration to everyone.

Q: What upcoming DMSC event are you most looking forward to attending?
A: The Fireball! Fire! Down by the river!

Q: In what other ways are you involved in the Des Moines community?
A: I’ve served on the Art Directors Association of Iowa board in the past. I’m also on the planning committee for Art Noir’s Pollock Ball coming October 19. One of my main goals with Sparga is to do design and branding work for startups, small businesses and other nonprofits in the Des Moines area.