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Supporting Midwestern makers and their projects

We run creative projects. Our flagship project is Market Day, a pop-up craft market. We also run Community Supported Art Des Moines, and other projects. 

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Meet Your Makers — A new kind of Social Event

  • The Kirkwood 400 Walnut Street Des Moines, IA, 50309 USA (map)

Let's get social! Storytelling + happy hour

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6pm-7pm Happy Hour

7pm-9pm Presentations

Iowa Public Radio's John Pemble is your host during this night for Iowa's artists and creative professionals to share what they love about what they do with a fun and supportive crowd.

Passholders: C.I.P. treatment, including a special badge, complimentary drink tickets, and a chance to practice the art of self-promotion

Everyone else: you're invited, too! bring your brother, uncle, sister, cousin, neighbor, and nemesis

SPRING TRAINING passholders will be featured prominently along with our specially curated group of presenters. Get the C.I.P. treatment — Creative Independent Professional, of course — including complimentary drink tickets and a fancy badge that announces your status as a maker to everyone in attendance.

The Makers You'll Meet

Scott Sjobakken is a realist painter working in Des Moines. He recently returned to Iowa after a post-college decade on the East Coast, and is one of our Community Supported Art selected artists in 2014.


Rachel Buse is a sculptor, teacher, and docent. She runs Art Beacon Des Moines and the Des Moines Zine Suitcase. Rachel has produced a number of workshops teaching others to make zines, consider the art of portraiture, and build crazy massive sculptures. Rachel received a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Nebraska — Lincoln in 2008. You may have seen her 2012 "Bellies" project in the downtown Chess & Poetry Garden adjacent to the library.


Chris Ford is a musician and producer, known for his work as Christopher the Conquered and recent project Gloom Balloon with The Poison Control Center's Patrick Fleming. Chris is a co-founder of Maximum Ames and publishes records on Maximum Ames Records. In 2013, he recorded and published over 40 covers of some of his favorite songs on YouTube.


Mary McAdams is an award-winning singer-songwriter. She was recently named a New Folk Finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival 2013. She hosts Des Moines's longest running Open Mic, the Second Thursday Open Mic at Ritual Cafe.

Mary served on Des Moines's Metro Arts Alliance Artist Advisory Board for from 2006-2011, and currently sits on the Girls Rock! DSM Advisory Panel.


Matthew J. Gordon is a photographer based in the Des Moines, Iowa area. His photographic interests include nature, urban, architecture, abandonment, and decay.