The Waukee Area Arts Council is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life through the fine arts in the western suburbs of Des Moines and the surrounding area.
Core Value Statements
We pledge uncompromising adherence to the highest quality of professional artists, educational programming and artistic presentations.
Creative learning and entertainment opportunities in schools and public venues will foster artistic expression, thereby broadening community knowledge of the arts.
Artistic opportunities will embrace diversity to serve the needs of the community.
We welcome a variety of forms of artistic expression and provide opportunities for those voices to be heard. Artists and arts organizations will be treated as professional and respected through support and compensation.
Arts programming and presentations will touch and enrich individual lives in a multitude of ways including volunteerism, philanthropy, creativity, self-expression and appreciation.
Enhance the quality of life by respecting the arts as a valuable asset in our community, an asset that has an impact on the economic, social, philanthropic and personal aspects of everyday life.
The Waukee Area Arts Council (The Arts Council) was formed in 2004 to fill a void in the community in the area of the arts. There is no other organization that has similar goals or mission. We are a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization.
Current and Past Programs
Waukee Arts Festival, artists booths, food and music
Tuesdays on the Triangle, free outdoor concert Tuesdays in June
Sundays in Centennial, free outdoor concert Sundays in July
Imagine… Create… Experience… Tent of Free art activities
Students On Stage, Students displaying their talents
Metro Arts’ Jazz in July
Face to Face with the Arts, learn about the artists and their lives
Art Classes and workshops, Drama Classes and workshops
Youth Theatre Arts Camp, weeklong explorations
Art on the Road… explores art in the region through day trips.
We partner with producer of Jazz at Caspe Terrace..
The Big Read an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts
Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest in 2009 and 2010.
International opera singer, Simon Estes to Waukee in 2006.
Opera Iowa the touring program from Des Moines Metro Opera.
Home Grown Talent, a series of 6-7 professional Iowa performers
Current Board of Directors
President, Cody Kilgore
Vice President/Secretary, Jennifer Hoffmann
Treasurer, Karen Dluhos
Press Releases for Waukee Arts Festival
Festival Fact Sheet 2016
Family Fun and Food
Schuh Raffle Release
Live Painting Ben Schuh
Guest Artist Steve Gerberich
Press: Contact Director Cindy DePond at 515-306-0999 for more information or interview ideas.