Individual Support

As a not-for-profit performing arts center, Des Moines Performing Arts depends on donations to operate our performance series, offer education programs, and maintain three theaters plus Cowles Commons. In fact, every performance series other than Broadway relies on donations to cover costs!

When you become part of our Donor Circle, you can help school-age children attend Applause Education Series performances or provide a teacher with important arts integration training through our Teacher Professional Development program. You can also enhance audience experiences by supporting programming such as The Dance Series, The Wellmark Family Series or The Prairie Meadows Temple Comedy Series. Your donation is essential, as ticket prices alone are not able to cover program costs.

Take Your Giving to the Next Level – Join the Patron Circle

Leadership gifts are critical to the ongoing programming and educational opportunities at Des Moines Performing Arts.  Donors making gifts of $1,250 or more become a part of Des Moines Performing Arts’ exclusive Patron Circle.  As a Patron Circle donor, you can enjoy the VIP experience while creating lasting memories for future generations of young audiences.

As our thanks for your generosity, we offer a variety of donation levels and benefits, including advance ticket sales, personal assistance and more.

Your tax-deductible annual contribution plays an important role in the continued success of Des Moines Performing Arts performances and arts education initiatives while giving you more ways to experience it all.

Supporter ($75 / $6.25 per month)

  • Ability to designate funding to any Des Moines Performing Arts programs
  • Email notification of Priority Access Tickets*

Sponsor ($150 / $12.50 per month)

All lower level benefits, plus:

  • Provide access for a classroom of 25 students to attend Applause Series school matinees (57,000+ students served annually)
  • Priority registration for summer camps for your children and grandchildren

Associate ($300 / $25 per month)

All lower level benefits, plus:

  • Provide an in-school artist residency for one classroom (5 workshop sessions connected to core education standards)

Builder ($600 / $50 per month)

All lower level benefits, plus:

  • Provide two full scholarships for Summer Camps at Des Moines Performing Arts, providing access for families in need 
  • Recognition in Centerstage program, distributed at all performances of the Willis Broadway Series to more than 150,000 patrons annually

Patron ($1,250 / $105 per month)

All lower level benefits, plus:

  • Provide access for 155 students to attend Applause Series school matinees (57,000+ students served annually).
  • Access to Patron Circle Lounge for donor and ticketed guests, which features complimentary full bar service, light hors d’oeuvres, coat check, and private restrooms; prior to each performance and intermission
  • Access to best-of-house seats; exclusively avaialbe for Patron-level donors (based on availability)
  • Patron Concierge Telephone Line for personalized assistance with exchanges and purchases

Founder ($3,000 / $250 per month)

All lower level benefits, plus:

  • Provide the full support needed for one school’s involvement in Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards
  • Invitations to private company parties for you and a guest with cast meet-and-greet opportunities
  • Access to Founder Concierge Telephone Line with waived telephone fees for personalized assistance with exchanges and purchases

Benefactor ($6,000 / $500 per month)

All lower level benefits, plus:

  • Support special project and initiatives around touring shows, such as a dedicated autism-friendly performance or an in-depth project with at-risk youth
  • Invitation to join the President/CEO on trips to New York and London to experience Broadway and theater productions as well as behind-the-scenes access to some of the most acclaimed performances

* Priority Access to tickets in advance of sales to the public is offered based on level of giving when permitted by the show. 

We're proud of the entertainment and educational opportunities we bring, and can't wait to have you join us. Donate today or call (515) 246-2300 to learn more.


Des Moines Performing Arts
aspires to be a national leader in presenting the performing arts by engaging the Midwest in world-class entertainment, education, and cultural activities.
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    Arts Partnerships:
Des Moines Performing Arts is a private 501 (C) (3) not-for-profit corporation presenting the performing arts to Iowa and the surrounding states. It is the presenter of major Broadway and educational touring companies, performers and groups, and is the performing home of many local and regional groups, including the Des Moines Symphony. Events, dates, times, performers and prices subject to change without notice.
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