For Immediate Release
Contact: Amy Day
Tel: 515.271.0344 (o)
515.612.0775 (m)

DES MOINES, IA (April 8, 2024) – As we have shared since last October, The Art Center is proud to have worked with its partners to create Greenwood Pond: Double Site for the community to enjoy over the past three decades. However, our responsibility to public safety is paramount, and we believe we are compelled to take action as required per our 1990 agreement with the City of Des Moines to correct what has become a hazardous environment. However, we respect the court’s decision, and we will be pausing plans to remove the artwork from Greenwood Park. The sections declared dangerous and unsalvageable will remain enclosed in protective fencing. In the meantime, the Art Center will continue to provide free admission for visitors, access to the world’s finest art and architecture, educational programming, and an array of classes and camps, as we have for the last 75 years.

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About the Des Moines Art Center
The Des Moines Art Center is a vibrant, AAM-accredited institution located in the capital city of Iowa that welcomes over 270,000 visitors annually from across the country and around the globe. Its historic campus consists of three buildings designed by major architects of the 20th century—Eliel Saarinen, I. M. Pei, and Richard Meier—incorporated into the natural landscape of Greenwood Park. The Art Center is home to one of the strongest collections of 20th and 21st century art in the region, and it hosts a series of ground-breaking exhibitions and lectures each year featuring artists known regionally, nationally, and internationally. The experimental spirit of the art for which the Art Center cares for is reflected in its creative offerings, including a celebrated education program that prioritizes access and collaboration, an art school with studio classes for all ages, and the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park, situated on 4.4 acres in downtown Des Moines. The Art Center is committed to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion, which are incorporated into every facet of its mission and identity.