AMES, Iowa -- A wide variety of performers will provide entertainment on the Iowa State University (ISU) Extension stage at the 2005 Des Moines Arts Festival.
The award-winning festival is scheduled for June 24 to 26 along the riverfront of downtown Des Moines. Locust Street, Walnut Street and Court bridges, as well as First Street and East First Street will feature the work of 150 of the most talented artists in the United States.
Locust Street Bridge will be devoted to ISU Extension with the theme "Create. Connect. Imagine." Children can participate in a variety of art activities and learn more about 4-H. Performers will entertain festival goers of all ages on the Center Stage.
"The performances will be very fun and entertaining and I encourage people to stop by," said Micki Nelson, co-captain of the Center Stage. "There is something for everyone."
The musical duo Paul and Jack will kick off the performances Friday with an interactive stage show. Paul Lasley, chair of the ISU Department of Sociology, and Jack Van Laar, Decatur County Extension education director, will take audience requests and volunteer musicians from the audience to accompany them on stage. Another act that night will be a jump rope demonstration by the Central Iowa Skippers.
4-H members from Polk and Marshall County will show off their talent in three "Share the Fun" acts Saturday.
Janice Baker, assistant professor of health and human performance at ISU, the ISU Dance Tour Company and friends will perform Saturday and Sunday. Baker incorporated "Create. Connect. Imagine." into dance. Their performances include titles such as The Creative U, The Many Movements of Moving, Images from Seven Continents, Salsa and Swing. Audience members can join the tour company on stage.
Dragon Arts, an ISU student recreation club, will give martial arts demonstrations Saturday. The club specializes in traditional Chinese martial arts, health practices and culture.
The Kwang Hwa Lion Dance Team, a division of the Association of Malaysian Students club at ISU, will perform traditional Malaysian cultural dance and music for drum, cymbal and gong Saturday.
Carol Ouverson, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-9640, firstname.lastname@example.org