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Artist in Residence Recipients for 2018

In collaboration with BRAVO Greater Des Moines, Area515 is pleased to announce our 2018 Artist in Residence recipients. For the next six months, these makers will have full access to the space, tools, a complimentary membership, and a $100 stipend (courtesy of BRAVO) to make, think, and create as far as their imaginations will take […]

Celeste's first attempt at the laser cutter.

Artist in Residence 2017 – Celeste Moreno

With two days left until applications are due for our 2018 Artist in Residence program, we wanted to highlight a previous recipient and how they utilized their 6 month membership to explore and better their craft. Celeste Moreno began her studies at Iowa State as a Graphic Design major but felt like something was missing […]


Artist In Residence – 2018

Submissions are officially closed for the 2018 Artist in Residence program. Recipients will be announced April 20th. If you are an artist looking to hone your craft or even find a new passion we want to showcase your creations! We’ll be starting a six-month Artists in Residence program in May, with the capacity for up […]

Give Iowa Final Numbers

As many know, in the month of December we were nominated as one the Greater Iowa Credit Union’s Give Iowa Organizations. During that month, Give Iowa featured Area515 on their main page, and gave us $500 in funding in addition to any amount accumulated through fundraising from any outside parties during that month. We’re proud […]

Area515 and Capital Crossroads 2.0

Des Moines is evolving, and Area515 is proud to be a part of the growth in our community! Area515 was recently featured in a Des Moines Register article detailing the roll out of Capital Crossroads 2.0, the next phase of a multi-million dollar effort to improve the Des Moines metro area. The program aims to, […]


Family Membership Spotlight: Lisa and Guy Payton

In addition to our regular Area515 Maker Space membership, we have provisions available for multiple members in the same family. Meet two of our Family Membership users: Lisa and Guy! Lisa and Guy Payton have been members at Area515 for about seven months. Lisa is a wife and mother who also works part time for the […]

Happy New Year!

We’re kicking off 2017 with some awesome things to check out! January is always a great time to get started learning new things, and Area515 Maker Space can help you jump-start the year with some exciting events! First, this Saturday, January 7, we’ve got a Learn to Solder Workshop! For just five bucks, you’ll get […]

Urgent: We Need Flooring!

We at Area515 Maker Space have a burgeoning need for flooring! The “space” part of the Maker Space will be changing quite a bit within the first few months of 2017. Due to construction on our building, we’re forced to shift our work space (for more information, check out this post). As part of this […]

Snow Day at the Maker Space!

Come join us and make 3D-printed  and laser cut snowflake ornaments! On Thursday, December 8, at 7:00, we’ll be getting together to celebrate the season by creating some awesome snowflakes like these. They’ll be available for a small fee, and we’ll have different materials on hand to customize to your heart’s content! If you’re interested […]

Just in Time for Cyber Monday…

Area515 Apparel is now available! Visit our new Store at for all your Area515 Des Moines Maker Space shopping needs! We can add more merchandise as well; if you have any requests for certain items bearing our logo, let us know and we’ll do our best to get them added! We hope everybody had a […]