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.
313 Walnut St.
Des Moines, IA 50309
Hours of Operation:
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
“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
“It was really amazing to get to perform on the Civic Center stage, to see what the professional touring shows see when they perform.”
- Brittney, Waukee High School