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Posted June 11, 2013 in Des Moines West, Downtown, Community Web Exclusives, Web Exclusives, West Des Moines

artstop, Des Moines’ cultural event that connected districts around the city, celebrated its final year in 2012.

The idea of artstop originated in 2007 at a memorial for local arts advocate Jan Shotwell and it grew into a large, annual event encompassing the Metro area.  artstop introduced the community to the different cultural districts and neighborhoods in the city, providing opportunities for visual and performing artists to showcase their talents and building awareness of the variety of unique local businesses in the districts.  Project Spaces was introduced in 2011 and successfully added a dynamic temporary public art element to the event.

artstop is grateful to the greater Des Moines art community and local businesses for their participation and support of the event.

The artstop board of directors would specifically like to thank the following for their sponsorship of the event:


Bravo Greater Des Moines

Business Publications Corporation

City of West Des Moines


Downtown Community Alliance

Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation

Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs

Iowa Public Radio


Majestic Limousine

The Meredith Corporation Foundation

Prairie Meadows

Principal Financial Group Foundation

West Bank

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