Arts - Music - Theater

Art Scene, Iowa’s first and only independent state wide publication dedicated exclusively to Iowa’s arts and cultural scene, is boldly connecting patrons and consumers with Iowa’s artists, galleries, attractions, performers and suppliers in a monthly newspaper.

Des Moines Performing Arts is central Iowa’s premier not-for-profit performing arts organization that operates four venues in downtown Des Moines – the Civic Center, Stoner Theater, Temple Theater and Cowles Commons. The organization presents seven world-class performance series, including the popular Willis Broadway Series, and serves more than 300,000 people annually.

Civic Music Association brings an artistic legacy of fine arts performances to Des Moines, forever ensuring a culturally rich community.

The Art Center presents thought-provoking exhibitions and educational programs, as well as hands-on studio art classes.

FREE, three-day celebration of the arts, that decorates the downtown riverfront with exceptional artwork, entertainment and children's activities.

After 35 successful seasons, DMMO continues its unwavering commitment to the mission and philosophy of its founders: To operate a progressive opera company with a national reputation that fosters the excellence, diversity and vitality of the arts in the United States.

The Playhouse's mission is to partner with volunteers to create and deliver extraordinary theatre and education programs for communities in central Iowa.

The Des Moines Symphony is a full-service professional orchestra. The orchestra performs seven pairs of classical concerts throughout the season, as well as a pops performance, family concerts, in-school ensemble performances, and its annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert, a free performance on the State Capitol grounds on July 3rd.

Drake University's symphony orchestra, choral ensemble, wind ensemble, and jazz ensemble provide concerts and recitals. Musical and theater performances also are offered to the public.

The Drama Workshop produces a broad spectrum of theater arts experiences based on the authoritative works of classical theater and great works of the modern era.

The newly renovated historic theater built in 1923, hosts and impressive array of world renowned musicians, theatrical productions, and local performing arts events.

Iowa Dance Theatre (IDT) is a non-profit organization based in Des Moines, IA. It was established in 1983 to bring performance and education opportunities to Iowa's youth and professional dancers, and has produced many successful professional dancers.

Metro Arts Alliance enriches the quality of life in Greater Des Moines by connecting people to the arts through programming, communication and support of artists and arts organizations.

Palladian Interactive Theatre extends the traditional dinner theatre concept to include much more than the dinner and the theatre - it also lets the audience be the performers!

Home to the Iowa Youth Chorus & The Des Moines Symphony Academy, as well as events, catering, restaurants and retail.

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