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Queer + Black Art Market Celebrates Pride, Juneteenth in Downtown DSM

Gravitate Art Market

This article was written by Kevin "KUJO" Ha, Oli Rowling and Jo Allen, the organizers of the Queer and Black Art Market at Gravitate Coworking (Downtown).

Here at Gravitate Coworking (Downtown) and our other three Iowa locations, we work to create an inclusive community for entrepreneurs and artists in the heart of Downtown Des Moines (DSM). This includes hosting events to celebrate the diverse populations in the region. This month, we welcome the Queer + Black Art Market to our Locust Street space on Sunday, June 18 from 1 – 5 p.m., and we hope you can join us in celebrating Pride month and Juneteenth during the event.

Event Info

The Queer + Black Art Market will feature LGBTQ+ resources, entertainment (including drag performers), local nonprofits, vendors and free food at the Gravitate Coworking (Downtown) building at 500 Locust St. in Des Moines. All ages are invited to attend.


Parking around Gravitate Coworking (Downtown) is easy to find. Parking is free on Sundays (day of the event) along Locust Street and 5th Avenue or park in the 4th Street and Grand Avenue parking garage ($1/hour, daily max $10).

Interested in hosting your own event at Gravitate Coworking? Find out about our meeting spaces available for rent in Downtown DSM, both at the Locust Street location and our building in the Historic East Village. Whether you’re looking for a meeting room, boardroom or other room options, we have a space to serve you.

Find more information about the Queer + Black Art Market here.

Author Profiles

Kevin “KUJO”Ha

He/They | 23 | Des Moines, IA
Graphic designer
IG: @kujo_kev@kujobrand

Oli Rowling

They/them | 23 | Des Moines, IA
Videographer | Gravitate Employee
IG: @liv_rowling

Jo Allen

They/he | 25 | Des Moines, IA
Photographer | Community Organizer
IG: @jovisuals

The Greater Des Moines Partnership calendar of events is a one-stop resource for activities taking place throughout the region. Find networking information for Greater Des Moines (DSM) businesses or events specific to Downtown DSM. And check out these other Juneteenth Events You Should Not Miss and 15 Pride Events to Attend This Month in DSM!

Downtown Des Moines (DSM) is a growing, vibrant community that offers the energy, sophistication, housing and attractions of a burgeoning city with a brilliant future. It’s also easy to visit with plentiful and affordable street and ramp parking options.

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 23 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.