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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Each year, the Applause Series delivers 60 performances for students from preschool to high school.Learn More