Interactive Arts Activities at the 2018 Des Moines Arts Festival
DES MOINES, IA June 12, 2018 – The Des Moines Arts Festival® will partner with premier sponsor Prairie Meadows and other local nonprofits to present the family programming and interactive arts activities in the award-winning Prairie Meadows Community Outreach Program June 22-24, 2018.
Interactive arts activities are one of the five main pillars of the arts featured each year. Throughout the Festival, guests of all ages have the opportunity to get creative and hands-on with art, music, dance and more! These activities can be found throughout the Festival at sponsor and vendor booths, and in the Creative Zone.
Suspended 30 feet high from their all-electric bucket truck, MidAmerican Energy Company presents BOOM ART!, an Interactive Mural Project. Taking our fascination with doodling to a whole new level, join other festival guests as you illustrate our unique pattern design and watch as the finished mural rises above the streets during the three-day festival.
CREATE YOUR OWN APPAREL
It’s much more fun to paint your own backpack or t-shirt Grab some fabric paints and enjoy this hands-on activity while creating your very own signature Festival t-shirt or backpack.
THE KNOTTY NAIL
Visit The Knotty Nail tent and discover the latest art trend - string art! Using a hammer, nails, and string, you’ll be guided through a step-by-step art experience and finish with a unique art piece for your home. Choose from several patterns and unlimited colors to customize your design. Perfect for children and adults! The Knotty Nail tent is located on Grand Avenue and 13th Street.
Join Prairie Meadows and the Altoona Lions Club to create your newest masterpiece from everyone’s favorite art pastime.
PUBLIC ART TOUR
Join DART and the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation for a tour of public art. On Saturday, June 24. The tours will take place at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., are free and open to the public. The pick-up location for the tour is near the intersection of 12th Street and High Street in Downtown Des Moines. Each tour is scheduled to last approximately one hour.
HOMEMADE DOG TOYS
Create dog and cat toys for your favorite pup and kitty or for ours to play with.
FLEECE CAT TOYS
Make a fleece cat toy for your favorite furry friend and make one for the cats at the shelter.
SCUPLT A LEAF
Make a beautiful leaf out of different colors of tissue paper.
Make a seed ball! Ingredients include clay, native Iowa prairie seeds, organic soil, and tissue paper.
Take photos and videos of you and your friends reciting plays and musicals in a photo/video booth with costumes, props, and various backdrops.
DESIGN A BOOKMARK
Design something special using markers, paints, and everyday household items to create a unique piece of art, then turn it into a bookmark.
Design your own food mobile and include all your favorite foods.
Cut a ribbon to celebrate the opening of your new business! You can also create a picture frame out of popsicle sticks and other materials to put your picture in.
Decorate a Lebkuchen Herzen to wear around the festival.
Make your very own button to wear throughout the festival.
Draw your own piece of artwork on our benches for our new skate park.
Create multi-media buttons and magnets out of recycled materials such as comic books, old Des Moines Social Club posters, fabrics straps and more.
Generate your own Styrofoam square impressions with whatever image you choose! You can also get your picture taken with the “Let your Spirit Soar” banner.
Create and take home different kinds of slime.
Decorate a walking stick, build your own a birdhouse, or make a monarch bomb with Friends of Des Moines Parks.
FORTUNE COOKIE FUN
Fold a paper fortune cookie and decorate it with markers, crayons, pens, and more.
Paint your own rock of KINDNESS. Decorate your rock with paint pens and sharpies to show your idea of KINDNESS.
Draw a self-portrait of yourself using watercolors, markers, crayons, colored pencils, and more.
Make your own instrument with the Iowa Youth Chorus. Instruments include an egg shaker, tambourines, harmonicas, and tom-tom drums. You can also take part in solfege tutorials.
Learn a simple, easy, and fun dance while broadcasting yourself on our screen with different props and clothing.
Create your own bracelets and necklaces out of upcycled t-shirts. You can also make a tote bag and headbands out of these t-shirts as well.
Form different designs with just your thumb and paint during Positive Impact Media’s thumb painting activity.
DANCE IT OUT
Put your moves to the test with Salsa of Des Moines as they teach the art of Latin dancing.
FISH LINE FUN
Decorate a paper fish with glitter, crayons, markers, or tinsel and attach it to a “fishing line” to make a kite or a makeshift fishing line.
Experience what it’s like to be in a Broadway show with visual reality technology, learn several magic tricks, and make an edible balloon to take home.
FACTS AND PHOTOS
Select a famous painting and stand in front of a green-screen to become a part of the masterpiece! You can print out the picture and take it with you. Share it on social media with the hashtag.
Visit http://desmoinesartsfestival.org/interactivearts/ to see the full lineup.
About the Des Moines Arts Festival®
The eleven-time Grand Pinnacle Award-winning Des Moines Arts Festival presented by Nationwide will be held June 22-24, 2018. This free annual three-day arts and culture festival will surround the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park. DMAF invites you to “…go where it takes you…” by engaging with 180 invited professional visual artists, emerging Iowa artists, the cutting-edge Interrobang Film Festival, live music, performing arts, interactive arts activities, award-winning community outreach programs, live artist workshops and demonstrations, artisan food, and beverages for every taste. The Des Moines Arts Festival is presented by Nationwide and sponsored by Bravo Greater Des Moines, Prairie Meadows, Principal, and MidAmerican Energy.
For more information please visit us online at www.desmoinesartsfestival.org or socialize with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DesMoinesArtsFestival, Twitter at @DMArtsFestival, Instagram at @desmoinesartsfestival, Pinterest at @dmartsfest, on YouTube and on LinkedIn. #GoWhereItTakesYou #DMAF #DMAF2018 #Nationwide #MakeSafeHappen
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