Cultural Organizations Announce Changes

Greater Des Moines arts and culture organizations have adjusted their schedules due to the pandemic. Here are a few updates from the past week.

  • Pyramid Theatre Company is postponing “Having Our Say: The Delaney Sisters’ First 100 Years,” which was scheduled to open June 12. However, the company is working on a short film that will be released in July, Tiffany Johnson, Pyramid’s producing artistic director, told dsm last week. “We are stepping into embracing the virtual space,” she said. “We have a unique opportunity to put our work on a larger platform and reach more people.” The project also provides more opportunities for artists, she added.
  • Living History Farms, the Urbandale outdoor museum, is reopening next Monday, June 1, with new hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Attendance will be limited to 70 people and timed-ticketing will be implemented. Members receive free admission but will be required to reserve a timed ticket. More information is on the Living History Farms website.
  • While the Des Moines Art Center has postponed its exhibition of Justin Favela for this summer, the museum plans to showcase works from its permanent collections. “When we do open, we look forward to focusing on our own collections and community; it will be like seeing old friends and old favorites, like coming home,” Director Jeff Fleming said in a release. “We want our visitors to come back and see their museum and to celebrate who and what we are.” Updates will be posted on the Des Moines Art Center website and social media pages.
  • The 2020 Des Moines Arts Festival has been canceled, but there are still related events peppered the rest of this month and throughout June to fill the void. Starting Thursday, Olson-Larsen Galleries will host a gallery exhibition and sale of Festival juried artists curated by Chaden Halfhill, founder and CEO of Silent Rivers Design+Build.

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