Art Week Des Moines 2020 Is NOT Cancelled

Amenda Tate’s work captures the intersection of scientific and artistic creation.

You have two more days to enjoy Art Week Des Moines, the annual celebration of the arts and artists of Greater Des Moines. With consideration of safety concerns due to COVID-19, Art Week events are taking place primarily online through various platforms and outdoors around Greater Des Moines’ communities, viewable from a safe social distance.

Street art during Art Week Des Moines

Just a few exciting and innovative highlights from Art Week Des Moines 2020 include:

Amenda Tate: Memento. Olson-Larsen Galleries presents a new installation at the OL Guild, exploring the dynamic interplay of movement and space. Using a motion-controlled painting robot named Manibus, artist Amenda Tate creates abstract works of art from dance. These linear vestiges are a physical record of time and energy shared—a reminder of otherwise ephemeral moments. Tate’s installation will be available for outside viewing beginning Thursday, June 18th, at the OL Guild, positioned on the corner of 4th and Maple Streets with windows on three sides, ideal as a contact-free art destination for your walks through Historic Valley Junction! Memento will be on view throughout the duration of Art Week Des Moines.

DSM Emerald City: An All Yards Art Show. Des Moines community members have been invited to participate in a city-wide art installation, designing a #yardwork installation with materials they have handy at home. For the entirety of Art Week, you can drive, walk, or bike through the Greater Des Moines area’s neighborhoods to view creative surprises in the form of window art, yard art, and even performance art—from a safe social distance.

A page from the coloring book MICROCOSM that benefits Des Moines artists. MICROCOSM  is available for purchase and download on the ArtBeaconDM website.

This project is initiated by local sculptors Rachel Buse and Christopher Chivetta. Use the hashtag #dsmemeraldcity and #artweekdsm2020 when posting on social media. Find #yardwork participation guidelines at if you’d like to take part as an artist/exhibitor.

The Art Week After School Arts Program


To see the full schedule and learn about the artists and organizations involved in this colossal forward-thinking community effort, visit