There is a grassroots arts movement in Des Moines and people are starting to take notice. Des Moines isn’t just corn, insurance and banking. It’s a city that is on the cusp of a revolution and the art scene is a big part of that movement. From pop-up art galleries to live painting and collaborative work sessions to multiple artist showcases, events are shaking up the Des Moines art scene and exposing this creative culture to a wider audience.

We are making strides to highlight the art community in Des Moines. In addition to construction projects at the firehouse, we are featuring a bundle of art events in May as a way to provide artists around the region an opportunity to present their work, including Art in Motion, Afternoon Art, Art Friends Afternoon Delight, and PedalArt

These events are a perfect example of the focus on art in Des Moines at a grassroots level, artists and creatives coming together to collaborate and showcase all Des Moines has to offer. We look forward to being able to feature even more events like these in the firehouse next year. – Matt McIver.

Art in Motion
Friday, May 10 at 7pm
Des Moines Social Club, 400 Walnut St., Des Moines
$5 suggested donation

Join us for the second annual Art in Motion, a night of ping pong and art! Check out painted skateboard decks, live painting by local artists, art-tastic ping pong tables, and much more. Subsect Skate Shop will feature a skate film and Ichi Bike will be joining too with custom bikes you’ve gotta see. Watch professional table tennis players slug it out for King Pong glory in an eight-man tournament and test your own skills on special tables painted by local artists. Get ready to be wow’d by Los Angeles professional table tennis player and actor, Adam Bobrow. As our host for the night, Adam will be announcing the games and playing. You can even take a shot at returning a serve from him for $5. First person to achieve this feat will get a sweet prize!

Afternoon Art
Saturday, May 11 at 3pm
Des Moines Social Club, 400 Walnut St., Des Moines
$10 per child

Your kids will have an engaging, creative experience! The theme of this Saturday program changes monthly, and every session culminates with a cool project you can take home, like a wearable collage, garden décor or a musical instrument. Designed for kids age 5-9. $10 per child.

Art Friends Afternoon Delight
Saturday, May 25 1-4 pm
Crane Artist Lofts, 1440 Walnut St., Des Moines

Join Art Beacon and the Des Moines Social Club for the latest iteration of ART FRIENDS, an open workshop and studio for artists of all levels. This month’s event will include zine-making, figure drawing with clothed models (and a chance to model for other artists), and a show and tell of works in progress by anyone who would like to share. Show up when you can, stay for as long as you would like.

Friday, May 31 from 7-10pm, Saturday, June 1 from 10am-3pm, Sunday, June 2 from 12pm-3pm
Des Moines Social Club, 400 Walnut St., Des Moines

Come view original artwork from 30 local and regional artists, all focused on a bicycle theme. The art showing will happen May 31-June 2 with a special free opening party reception on Friday, May 31 from 7-10pm. All artwork will be available for purchase to take home for $30 each, with an edition of 30 prints per artist. Make sure to get to the opening reception early, because prints always sell out! This event is free and open to the public.