Artstop, an annual celebration of visual and performing arts in Greater Des Moines begins this Friday and will take place during 3 consecutive weekends and the intervening two weeks from September 14-29. The events take place on Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m. and on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featured Artstop Districts and dates are Historic East Village and Court Avenue on September 14 and 15; Historic Valley Junction and Roosevelt Cultural District on September 21 and 22; and Ingersoll Avenue and Western Gateway on September 28 and 29.
ARTSTOP PROJECT SPACES, a new initiative last year, will again transform highly visible sites among Des Moines’ six Artstop districts into spaces for dynamic and adventurous works of art. Artstop Project Spaces are presented in partnership with the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation.
The Meredith Corporation campus will be the host site for Peter P. Goche’s “Culture/Carriage”, an installation of accumulated lumber and artifacts meant to serve as a site where passersby might situate themselves.
Goche’s work has been exhibited recently at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, Nebraska and the Soap Factory in St. Paul, Minnesota. Goche is a lecturer in architecture at Iowa State University.
Over 55 venues, including businesses, galleries, museums, and artists’ studios are part of this year’s Artstop. Many of the venues will offer family-friendly events including music, theatre, dance, demonstrations and hands-on workshops for children and adults.
Artstop is an arts event created for Greater Des Moines with the goal to inform, educate, entertain and engage community members through the arts. Visit www.artstopinfo.org for more information.