We’re getting SO close to seeing these come to life within the spaces of the Firehouse (Don’t forget your brick!). Check out all the updates to our Office Space, classrooms and the Viaduct Gallery below.

I also CAN’T WAIT to throw open the doors for The Bash, presented by our friends at Kum & Go, on NYE. The fifth annual party will be a jam packed assault on the senses spanning three floors of the firehouse with performances by Doomtree, Annalibera, Canby, Max Jury, MaryBeth Doran, and more. Tickets are on sale now at http://DesMoinesSocialClub.org.

Our Office Space will live and breath the focus on community of the DMSC. Collaborative office spaces will provide capacity for several area non-profits. We’ll also offer Free Office Meeting Space for artists and non-profits.

Along with the Office Space, Handball Court and the Culinary Program, the second floor of the Firehouse will house classroom space for both youth and adult education. Originally the dormitories/sleeping area for the firefighters, we have created three classroom spaces, each customized to better facilitate different types of classes — a dance studio with hardwood floors, an art studio with slop sink and a multi-purpose classroom that is windowless to better serve film and photography classes. The classes listed here are those we will be offering in the first part of 2014. As the Des Moines Social Club grows into its new space, class offerings will increase.

The Viaduct Gallery, sponsored in part by Grand View University, will be Des Moines’ new visual art home for local and regional artists, and it will include one-to-two student shows annually

There are so many amazing things on the horizon. Thanks for your continued support as we draw closer to 2014!

-Z

OFFICE SPACE

Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines Collaborative Office Space
The goal of our collaborative office spaces is to house several area non-profits who can save some of their budget by sharing resources, space … and eventually staff. All non-profits, regardless of mission, share similar challenges, and we will work together to solve them. Alongside DMSC, the Firehouse will be the home offices of Civic Music Association and The ALS Association of Iowa, and it will act as a new outpost for Urban Dreams. In future years, the DMSC looks forward to working with more non-profits that will take up permanent or semi-permanent space on the Firehouse’s second floor.

Free Office Meeting Space
The Des Moines Social Club understands the challenge for non-profits and local artists who don’t want to shell out bucks to meet for an hour or two — and who need more privacy than a coffee shop provides. We’ve been there ourselves. You need to meet? Take advantage of our Free Office Meeting Space. 3 – 4 hours a week will be set aside for any artist or non-profit to use our meeting spaces, free of charge.

CLASSROOMS
Along with the Office Space, Handball Court and the Culinary Program, the second floor of the Firehouse will house classroom space for both youth and adult education. Originally the dormitories/sleeping area for the firefighters, we have created three classroom spaces, each customized to better facilitate different types of classes — a dance studio with hardwood floors, an art studio with slop sink and a multi-purpose classroom that is windowless to better serve film and photography classes. The classes listed here are those we will be offering in the first part of 2014. As the Des Moines Social Club grows into its new space, class offerings will increase.

Evening Arts Childcare
You want to go out to dinner, see a show and not leave the kids watching TV — and you don’t want to pay too much for a sitter. Evening Arts Childcare will solve your problem. Reserve in advance and drop the kids off in our classrooms with certified state instructors who will lead them in fun, arts-based learning. You and the date have some dinner, see a show, peruse the Viaduct Gallery — then pick up the kids and go home.

Origami 101
Led by origami guru Kyle Chizek. Show your artistic side and your love for Des Moines all at once. In this class you can learn some interesting geometric origami shapes to help create a canvas “map” of Des Moines. Open to all ages and levels of experience.

Comic Drawing
A 10-week course that will cover the basics of comic book art. Comic book artist Ron Wagner, who has worked on comics such as G.I. Joe and Batman, teaches this class. Focus will be on basic drawings skills — including perspective, form and composition, storytelling and dynamic figure drawing. Techniques for inking and coloring will also be explored. Open to all levels of experience.

Burlesque Workshops
The Iowa School of Burlesque is the premiere burlesque university in Iowa. Started in 2011 by Headmistress Phoenix L’Amour, it has been Central Iowa’s headquarters for burlesque education, performance and opportunity. Workshops include instruction in burlesque history, stage presence, confidence building, striptease, choreography and tassel twirling. More information at: www.iowaschoolofburlesque.com.

Yoga
Designed for beginners or advanced students, this early morning yoga class will leave you feeling renewed, refreshed and ready for the world! Taught by Deirdre Lane, who completed yoga teacher training in 2005 at The Sanctuary in Koh Phangan, Thailand. Since then she has taught classes for kids and adults in San Diego, CA and Des Moines.

Introduction to Film and Video
Introduction to Film and Video is a hands-on studio course through which attenees will make a series of films and videos in response to assignments — and the course series will conclude in a final project in either medium. Class will be comprised of technical demonstrations, in-class shoots, screenings and critiques of student films and videos.

Hooping
Hula hooping classes and open jams for all levels of experience. From lessons geared toward learning specific techniques to general practice, these classes offer something for all who may be interested in this fun form of exercise.

Breaking 101
Breaking 101 is a beginner breakdancing class for all ages. Experienced breakdancer Anthony San will teach the basic foundation of the dance along with the history of hip hop culture. It will be a 12-week class teaching basic toprocking, footwork, freezes, transitions and power. A great dance and workout for everyone willing to learn.

Acting I and II
Whether you are just starting out or a seasoned professional looking sharpen your craft, this class is specifically designed to take you closer to excellence in your acting journey. Though based on the teachings of Sanford Meisner, the class also utilizes many additional exercises, insights and perspectives — including ones inspired by instructor James Serpento’s own wide-ranging experience as a stage and screen actor and as a teacher of acting. The instructor will routinely bring in outside professionals to share perspectives on the craft of acting and to respond to scene work.

Writing for Stage and Screen
Writing for the stage or screen is possibly the literary world’s most exciting undertaking — not complete until given life by the actors, directors and technicians responsible for making theatre and film happen. Instructor James Serpento leads a course focusing on the craft of structuring story for maximum impact, drawing from his own experience and that of many theorists and practitioners  (including Robert McKee, David Mamet, Michael Hauge and others). Includes lecture/discussion and writing exercises designed to move the writer toward creating the sort of powerful plays and films that hold audiences riveted.

VIADUCTGALLERY
The Viaduct Gallery, sponsored by Grand View University, will be Des Moines’ new visual art home for local and regional artists, and it will include one-to-two student shows annually.

Artist Residency
The Artist Residency program at the Viaduct Gallery will provide artists with a chance to expand beyond just a gallery show. They’ll not only present; they’ll create, teach and reflect at the DMSC. Open to artists local and national/international levels, it creates space for artists to explore their work within a new community — fostering artistic growth personally and communally.

Instagrammies
Roll out the red carpet for those hoping to become Insta-famous during the inaugural Instagrammies! Anyone can submit photos, and our guest judges will pick the winners in a variety of categories, including: food, nature, cats, animals that aren’t cats, selfies (duh) and others. Prizes will also be awarded to the people’s choice winner.

Gallery Shows
This encompasses all of the art you will see in the DMSC’s Viaduct Gallery, including (but not limited to) call-for-entry shows, local showcases, group shows, site-specific installations, artist residencies and many more.

Call-for-Entry Art Shows
Artists will submit shows and ideas, and this ongoing process of incoming entries will be a vital component of the Viaduct Gallery. Additionally, we will host medium-specific, genre-specific and other specialized shows in the gallery.

Pedal Art
One of the flagship events of the statewide Bike Month every May, Des Moines Social Club and Des Moines Bicycle Collective team up to present a bike-themed poster show. View original artwork from local and regional artists; all work will be available for purchase to take home at the show!

Group Shows
Several artists work together in a common theme, medium or other factor connecting the work to present a show in the Viaduct Gallery.

The Des Moines Social Club will continue to evolve and even further expand its program offerings. It is excited to also announce the addition of Firejam to its Coutyard roster:

Firejam
Once a month our friends at Combustible Circus will lead any fire enthusiast in an outdoor Firejam in the Courtyard. Featuring classes in fire safety and beginning Poi, you will be invited to spin with the group or have a drink and watch — just make sure the booze goes down your throat and not on the jammers. Look for Firejam starting Sunday nights in the spring.