During Art Week, paint the town red, blue, green …

Local artist Siriaco “Siricasso” Garcia, one of the Business Record’s Forty Under 40 honorees, painted this mural in Highland Park during last year’s Art Week Des Moines. (Photo: Brittany Brooke Crow)

The tenth annual Art Week Des Moines kicks off this Sunday, June 9. The weeklong event highlights local neighborhoods with pop-up art installations, immersive experiences and workshops, all led by local artists.

The festivities begin with a party 5-8 p.m. Sunday in Columbus Park, where you can pick up a map for the week’s events and a free pupusa, courtesy of Usuluteco Salvadoran Restaurant.

Throughout the week, your inner artist can dive into collaborative events like 515 Brewing’s art nights, an improv dance jam at Drake University and a giant community art project in and around the Beaverdale Farmers Market.

Of course, if you’d prefer to admire art rather than create it, you can find temporary art installations all over the city, including the 14-foot glowing puppets featured in our current print issue. And if you’d rather taste art, too, well, you’re in luck: Local restaurants are serving up special, art-inspired menus to tantalize both your taste buds and your eyes.

The week closes with a night parade through the Drake Neighborhood on June 14 and a scavenger hunt for mosaic artwork in Highland Park on June 15. Head to the Art Week website for more details.

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