Outdoor Cultural Stage Needs Assessment

Thank you for your interest in providing a program at Christkindlmarket Des Moines (CDM) taking place December 5 – 8, 2024 at Principal Park in Downtown Des Moines.

Dec 5: 5pm – 9pm
Dec 6: 11am – 9pm
Dec 7: 11am – 9pm
Dec 8: 11am – 5pm

Yuletide Hall After Hours: Friday & Saturday from 9pm – 10pm

The quality of a traditional Christmas market depends on maintaining a high standard of programming. IECC is dedicated to immersing visitors in a world of folklore and craftsmanship as well as enticing them with traditional, seasonal culinary specialties to provide an experience filled with European elegance and charm.

The Outdoor Cultural Stage will provide an outlet for Iowa-based European Cultural Heritage Organization (501c3) Members and other organizations to present 15-minute long programs that connect our festival attendees with European cultural heritage and traditions. Programs may include oral traditions (folk/traditional storytelling), folk/traditional crafts and visual arts and folk/traditional music.

Providing a program on the Outdoor Cultural Stage is a great way to educate our community and to create awareness of your organization in order to drive membership and engagement.

The Outdoor Cultural Stage will be inside a four-sided tent at a location to be determined by the CDM event planning committee at Principal Park. The stage will be lighted with amplified sound. The size of the stage will likely be 8’x8’x18”.

What is the timeline for the process?

  1. Fill out the online needs assessment by August 1. Please read our Outdoor Cultural Stage Information Guide prior to submitting your needs assessment.
  2. REQUIRED Artistic Work Samples | Submit 1 – 3 artistic work samples that directly relate to the proposed program. Artistic work samples should demonstrate the quality of the artistic work in the proposed program or the quality of applicant’s past work as it relates to the proposed program. Artistic work samples do not include bios, testimonials, news articles or marketing material such as brochures, fliers, or posters. Artistic work samples may include photographs, images, links, videos, audio files and can be uploaded to this needs assessment form
  3. Receive feedback from CDM by August 15

Meet The Team

Toni Holmes

Nathan Wagner

Beth Grabau

Kelsey Chaves White

Samantha Ahn

Kaitlyn Wheelock

Claire Yocom

Sable Joseph

Kayla Garvin

Marissa Johnson

Tammera Pierson

Margaret Townsend

Mackenzie Dierks

Abby Kessler

Tasha Jackson

Missy Mootz

Dave Cox

Suzanne Hull

Our Sponsors

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