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Artstop 2012

Posted August 15, 2012 in Beaverdale, Clive, Des Moines West, Downtown, Community Web Exclusives, Web Exclusives, West Des Moines

For Immediate Release

Artstop, now in its sixth year, is expanding into a two-week, three-weekend celebration of creativity and adventurous art in the Greater Des Moines metro.  The public can visit two Cultural and Entertainment districts per weekend beginning September 14 and 15 at venues in the Court Avenue and Historic East Village districts.  The following weekend, September 21 and 22, featured districts are Roosevelt and Historic Valley Junction.  On September 28 and 29, Western Gateway and Ingersoll districts will be featured.

Artstop, in partnership with the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation, will present eight dynamic artworks installed in public spaces during Artstop 2012. One of these exceptional artworks is Clearly, a multi-disciplinary performance featuring glass instruments, choreographed dance, music and video that reacts to the performers and the audience.  Clearly will be presented free to the public at the Des Moines Social Club at the Kirkwood Hotel at 6:15 and 9:30 PM on Friday September 14.  All eight dynamic artworks can be viewed from September 14-29.  Locations are the State of Iowa Historical Building, outdoors at the Pappajohn Higher Education Center, the Roosevelt Rain Garden on 42nd and Chamberlain, Railroad Park in Historic Valley Junction, the Adio Building on Ingersoll, and Capital Square.  The public can vote online for their favorite dynamic artwork and cash prizes will be awarded.

Another addition to Artstop in 2012 is Project Spaces, featuring venues and artists who have selected each other online.  Over 30 Project Spaces are on view during Artstop hours on designated weekends and daily from September 14-29.  The public can vote online for their favorite Project Space.

Thirty traditional Artstop venues, many offering workshops, exhibitions, artist demonstrations, gallery openings, childrenactivities, and musical and dance performances will take place on designated weekends.

More information can be viewed www.artstopinfo.org.

Contact:  Nan Hagen, Event Coordinator, 515-401-6164, Artstop.nan@gmail.com

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