Support Area 515 This Giving Tuesday

Tomorrow, November 27th, is Giving Tuesday. This is a national movement for individuals to show their support for important organizations. Area 515 would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to participate during this year’s season of charity and giving. As a place of unbridled creativity and collaborative learning, we believe the Des Moines […]


Celebrate Snow Day 2018!

It’s our 3rd Annual Snow Day! And our first at our new 108 Jefferson location. Come laser cut, 3D print, or solder your own snow flakes and snowmen! This year we also have leatherworking and woodworking projects. Projects willl take 10-30 minutes to complete, but there may be a short waiting time for workstations. Extra […]


Artists in Residence Showcase

On October 18th, the moody lighting and rustic decor of the Decades Event Center in West Des Moines hosted a showcase for the Area 515 Artists in Residence program.  This program was sponsored Prairie Meadows and Bravo! Greater Des Moines. It provided memberships to the Des Moines Maker Space for 4 artists in the metro.  […]


Prairie Meadows Donates $4,058 to Area515 – Des Moines Maker Space

Community Betterment Grants will help fund Artist Residency and MakerEd programs at the Maker Space Prairie Meadows recently awarded Area515 two Community Betterment Grants totaling $4,058 to fund arts and education programs in 2018. Prairie Meadows is a nonprofit business dedicated to lessening the burden of government by promoting economic development, jobs, agriculture, and tourism […]


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 […]


IoT Challenge with DSM WebGeeks

We’re partnering with the Des Moines Web Geeks and LadyDev to put on an IoT Challenge! Sign up here! Learn how to program your ESP8266 at LadyDev’s PLIBMTTBHGATY event on April 14th at Pillar Technologies. Learn how to create a basic web page or service with WebGeeks on May 14th at their monthly meeting. And […]

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 […]

One Day Left! Help us meet our $500 match!

One Day Left! Help us meet our $500 match!

There’s only one day left for us to meet the matching challenge! The Greater Iowa Credit Union is giving us $500 and covering all GiveIowa transaction fees. They are challenging you to match that $500. Please help us get there!