September 2015 - Present

The project: 

Each season, Des Moines Performing Arts offers affordable Saturday matinee family friendly shows as part of their Wellmark Family Series. Prior to each performance, the entire Civic Center is transformed into a Discovery Party where guests can explore the themes of the show to enhance the performance through art, music, movement, animal interactions and button making stations. 

My role: 

As a visiting artist for DMPA, I have planned, created step-by-step instructions and facilitated 2 art stations for each Family Series show since 2015. The challenge of each art station is that it should be accomplished within 15 minutes, should be minimal in mess, and targets the ages between 5-11. Additionally, I designed colorable buttons, program maps, and helped oversee the entire event for the 2015-2017 seasons.

Here is a full listing of shows and the art stations created for them:  

Stay tuned!


Mr. Popper’s Penguins
1- Penguin Puppet
2- Penguin Mask

Feathers of Fire
1- Shadow Puppet
2-Silhouette mask

1- Kite
2- Cloud Streamer

SHH We Have a Plan
1- Goldfinch coloring sheets
2- Hat

1- Geometric stackers


A Year with Frog and Toad
1- Frog Eyes Mask
2- "Toad in the Hole" Fly Catcher Game

Brown Bear, Brown Bear
1- "What Do You See?" Telescopes
2- Very Hungry Caterpillar Puppet

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
1- Kazoos
2- Shakers

Mother Goose
1- Mother Goose puppet
2- Witch Mask

Cat in the Hat
1- Fish + Bowl Puppet
2- Thing 1 & Thing 2 Kite

Goodnight Moon
1- Bunny Ears
2- Bunny Finger Puppet

Peter and the Wolf
1- Wolf Puppets
2- Bird, Duck, Cat or Wolf Mask

San Jose Tako
1- Koinobori Streamers
2- Traditional Japanese Bound Notebooks

Photos by Dan Welk