COWLES COMMONS

Originally known as Nollen Plaza, Cowles Commons, was completed in 2015 and represents a significant commitment by DMPA to give back to the community. The newly designed space retains the popular Crusoe Umbrella by artist Claus Oldenburg and adds lighting sculpture Swirl by artist Jim Campbell. Joining the sculptures is the popular zero-depth Lauridsen Fountain which can be enjoyed throughout the warm months.

The space was designed to be multifunctional and hosts numerous community events.

TOURS
Want an inside look at any of Des Moines Performing Arts' performance venues? Tours can be arranged for groups of 8 or more. To inquire about tour date availability, send us an email at info@desmoinesperformingarts.org.

Venue Information

Cowles Commons
313 Walnut St.
Des Moines, IA 50309
(515) 246-2300
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Hours of Operation: 

Cowles Commons
Daily: 6:00 AM to Midnight

Lauridsen Fountain Seasonal Hours
Sunday-Friday: 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM 
Saturday: 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM

Hours subject to change for events

Cowles Commons Policies and Rules

You Make The Difference

“The arts help us understand ourselves as human beings. If you look at how we’ve ever documented our existence, it’s all through an art form.”

-Eric Olmscheid, Director of Programming and Education

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You Make The Difference

It’s 21st century skills that they need to have the rest of their lives. It’s not just something that when they leave fourth grade, they are done with it.

-Andrea, teacher, Studebaker Elementary, Des Moines

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Upcoming Events At Cowles Commons

Food Truck Tuesdays

June 26 - September 25, 2018 Learn More

Wellness Wednesdays Yoga

June 27 - September 26, 2018 Learn More

Fam Jam - Justin Roberts & The Not Ready for Naptime Players

July 22, 2018 Learn More

Fam Jam - Tim Kubart & the Space Cadets

August 19, 2018 Learn More

Fam Jam - The Okee Dokee Brothers

September 16, 2018 Learn More

Luminarium - Albesila

September 28 - October 7, 2018 Learn More