Art Week Hosts Events Throughout the City

As part of Art Week programming, Moberg Gallery will extend open hours until 7 p.m. on June 17 to allow visitors to experience its latest exhibit, “Contemporary Abstraction.” Photo: courtesy of Moberg Gallery.

Choose from some 136 events featuring 152 local artists during Art Week Des Moines, which kicks off Friday and runs through June 23, leading to the Des Moines Arts Festival (June 24-26). The events, all free to attend, cover a wide variety of art forms, including music, poetry, painting and more.

This year, Art Week will concentrate activities in specific neighborhoods for each day of the weeklong celebration. On Friday, find events along the Avenues of Ingersoll and Grand (15th to 43rd streets, south of Grand to Waterworks Park and north to I-235). You’ll find a poetry reading at Zanzibar’s Coffee Adventure, a pop-up concert at the City Sounds piano in front of Ted’s Coney Island, Des Moines Art Center tours led by artists Cassandra Monroe, Jill Wells and Jim White, plus plenty of other activities throughout the area.

A few other events we’re looking forward to throughout the week: a music festival on Sunday, an Architect Art Crawl on Tuesday and a Big Head Parade on Thursday. See the extensive list of events and locations here to start planning your week.

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