Doing a Good – In DMU’s Backyard!

August 20, 2008 —

DMU has many opportunities for volunteering and outreach around the world, but did you know there are also plenty of opportunities right here in Des Moines?

The Des Moines Art Center is a world-class, critically acclaimed art museum with two locations in Des Moines – the Main Gallery, 4700 Grand (a 5-minute walk west from DMU), and the downtown location, in the Wells Fargo Financial Building, 800 Walnut. The Art Center’s specialty is contemporary art, with a collection that boasts the likes of Jasper Johns, Henri Matisse, Andy Warhol and Georgia O’Keeffe.

My wife Jennifer & I volunteered at the Art Center’s annual ‘Art Inside Out,’ an annual festival complete with live music, art activities and more.  It was an excellent opportunity to share art with the community, especially the replica of the Art Center made entirely of cake, wafers, chocolate and rice krispy treats!

The Des Moines Art Center is always in need of volunteers for special events and its docent program. Contact Paula Hutton McKinley at the Art Center for more information about volunteering!

"Nomade" by Jaume Plensa, on display at the
Western Gateway Park in downtown Des Moines.
(Photo by David Lay)  

David Lay is a freelance photographer and husband to CPMS student Jennifer Gerres. He relocated to Des Moines from Cleveland, Ohio in 2008 after their June wedding. He is documenting his foray into Des Moines residency and capturing photos of his exploits.

After earning his photography merit badge in Boy Scouts, David made a name for himself covering the Cleveland music scene. In the last few years, he has branched out into photojournalism, working with newspapers and websites in Ohio. His work has also been published by Des Moines’s Juice magazine, Cox Communications, CNN, Reuters and Yahoo! News.

When he isn’t taking photos, he enjoys gourmet cooking (ask him about his mango salsa), drinking too much coffee and listening to heavy metal — sometimes all 3 at the same time. He is also an avid reader, amateur radio enthusiast and NWS-trained skywarn storm spotter.