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RFP Open For Art Installation To Transform A Section Of The Downtown DSM Skywalk

June 1, 2023

GREATER DES MOINES, IA (June 1, 2023) – The Skywalk Reimagined Pilot Committee, made up of Bravo Greater Des Moines, Catch Des Moines, the City of Des Moines, the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Operation Downtown and additional community partners, has opened an RFP for local artists and architects to apply to participate in reimagining a section of the skywalk in Downtown Des Moines (DSM). 

The installation will be located in the skywalk section between Fifth Avenue and Fourth Street, just south of Watson Powell Jr. Way. This is the first step in a process to Reimagine the Skywalks, as outlined in the Downtown DSM: Future Forward Vision Plan and Action Plan. The plan calls for the transformation of each section of the skywalk into a different theme while creating a multi-dimensional, multi-use destination that both moves people through and brings people to the skywalk. This first project space has called for the theme of “Let’s Move/Play.” The RFP also calls for a wayfinding solution that indicates "The Green Line.”  

“We have the opportunity to make the Downtown DSM skywalk a destination that draws people in with surprise-and-delight elements,” said Jerrica Marshall, Downtown Placemaking Manager at The Partnership. “This project will help create a more welcoming and inviting Downtown skywalk system for residents, workers and visitors, and we are excited to see this section of the skywalk transform into a creative and interactive experience.” 

“This project aligns with Bravo Greater Des Moines’ goal of cultivating everywhere, everyday art, and utilizes art as a problem-solving tool and a way to enhance the community,” said Sally Dix, Executive Director of Bravo Greater Des Moines. “We are excited to see this project take shape and look forward to seeing ideas for creative solutions from local artists.”  

Local artists and firms interested in applying for this project can learn more here. Proposals are due at 10 p.m. on June 19, 2023.  

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 400 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

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 Operation Downtown 

Created to help make Downtown Des Moines (DSM) a safer, cleaner place to work, live and visit, Operation Downtown is classified as a Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District (SSMID). The mission is keeping Downtown DSM safe, clean, welcoming and vibrant, in support of a positive experience. Programs include trash cleanup, flower planting and visitor assistance. Operation Downtown, a 501(c)6, was formed in 1998 by business leaders to provide enhanced services that are not provided by the City of Des Moines. Today, the Greater Des Moines Partnership is a partner of Operation Downtown and helps keep DSM among the highest-rated, most vibrant regions in the country.