One of top ten fine-arts festivals in America is underway this weekend in central Iowa. Mo Dana is executive director of the Des Moines Arts Festival which is expected to have huge financial reach in Iowa’s largest city.180-thousand people attended the three-day festival last year and Dana hopes for a larger crowd this year. Economic impact is 14-million dollars, along with another million dollars in art sales. Dana says 150 artists will be at the street festival in downtown Des Moines from 33 states, offering up a wide variety of visual treats for sale.There are 14 categories of art, including jewelry, pottery, paintings and sculpture. Prices range from 25-dollars to 25-thousand dollars for a metal sculpture. Dana says there’ll be live music on two stages and kids can help paint a city bus.Admission is free. Hours are 10 AM to 9 PM today and 10 AM to 4 PM on Sunday.
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