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Artful Birds to Descend Upon Downtown DSM Once Again for Tweet Week

June 23, 2022

GREATER DES MOINES, IA (June 23, 2022) – Locals and visitors will flock to Downtown Des Moines (DSM) for the 2nd annual Downtown DSM Tweet Week, produced by the Greater Des Moines Partnership, from July 9 – 16.

Participants can join in a free, interactive pop-up activation and find one of 80 artful birds, handcrafted by local DSM artists. Each morning of Tweet Week, one artist will hide 10 birds throughout a Downtown neighborhood, encouraging participants to seek out hidden treasures and well-known staples throughout the city in search of their new flighted friend. The Partnership will work with several local artists from Mainframe Studios to create the birds.

“We hope participants will find something new while they search for the hidden ceramic birds in Downtown Des Moines,” said Jerrica Marshall, Downtown Placemaking Manager at the Greater Des Moines Partnership. “Whether it's learning about the local artists that designed the artful birds, discovering a restaurant or shop nearby, or staying for an event or festival just down the street, there is so much to explore in Downtown Des Moines during Tweet Week.”

Participating artists include Linda Lewis, Emily MacFarland, Marion Nehmer and Diane Hayes. Tweet Week is made possible by sponsor MidAmerican Energy Company.

“Tweet Week is a great way to celebrate the vibrant arts, culture, restaurants, retailers and more throughout Downtown Des Moines,” said Kathryn Kunert, Vice President, Economic Connections and Integration, at MidAmerican Energy Company. “Activations like this add a surprise-and-delight element to Downtown and encourage residents and visitors to explore, discover and support local.”

Look for the clues shared on the @downtownDSMUSA Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts or by searching #downtownDSM. Participants joining in the adventure may choose to take home and keep one bird (limit one per person) and are encouraged to share their birds on social media using #downtownDSM.

Visit The Partnership’s website for more information.

About Downtown, DSM, Inc.

Downtown DSM, Inc. is part of the Greater Des Moines Partnership and is dedicated to ensuring the continued growth of Downtown Des Moines (DSM). A strong region needs a strong Downtown. Downtown DSM, Inc. leads efforts to drive development, placemaking and events in Downtown DSM. It promotes a strong Downtown through integration of retail, restaurants, businesses, housing, events and placemaking.

About the Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization that serves Greater Des Moines (DSM), Iowa. Together with 24 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,500 Regional Business Members and more than 365 Investors, The Partnership drives economic growth with one voice, one mission and as one region. Through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration, The Partnership grows opportunity, helps create jobs and promotes DSM as the best place to build a business, a career and a future. Learn more at DSMpartnership.com.