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Urbandale Public Library/The Arts UP Close Program - 2020

The Library is pleased to announce the selection of Hurley & Dancers and the Des Moines Weavers and Spinners Guild as next The Arts UP Close program resident artists.  The Des Moines Weavers and Spinners Guild residency will take place from September 1 – 30,  2020.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hurley & Dancers residency originally scheduled for April 2020 will take place in 2021.  Each organization will lead presentations and workshops for all ages.

Des Moines Weavers & Spinners Guild

The Des Moines Weavers and Spinners Guild was founded in September 1945 to preserve and nurture the skills of hand weaving, spinning, felting and dyeing.  For 75 years, the members of the Guild have actively educated themselves and the public through presentations, demonstrations, and workshops.  Membership is open to anyone interested in the fiber arts.  After moving to Franklin Jr. High at 4801 Franklin in Des Moines in the fall of 2019, we are able to offer beginning and advanced level classes in all forms of weaving, spinning and dyeing.  We welcome new fiber enthusiasts to contact us about learning opportunities or to join the Guild!  Learn more.

Hurley & Dancers

Founded in 2001, Hurley & Dancers/Tandem Theatre and Dance is a professional modern dance company based in Des Moines that presents public performances and dance educational outreach. Comprised of nine professional dancers and educators from Central Iowa, the company brings together instructors from area universities, colleges and studios who are actively performing and choreographing in their field. The company has enjoyed performances across the Midwest and Canada.

Directed by Kathleen Hurley and Benjamin Rethmeier, classes in the Arts Up Close program will focus on Contemporary Creative Movement in which participants of all ages will get a chance to move freely and expressively both individually and in a group. Visit

About The Arts UP Close Program

The Arts UP Close (formerly ArtUP Close) celebrates local talent and encourages the community to experience the arts through engaging opportunities. The program sponsors local artists who conduct presentations and hands-on workshops at the library and in the community. The goal of the program is to develop and sustain the public’s awareness and interest in the arts, cultivating a true appreciation for all forms of human expression. Now in its 3rd year, the program offers two, one-month paid sponsorships to visual, literary, performing, and mixed media artists.