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A-CAN-EMY Awards & Celebration

May 13, 2017 | Mainframe Studios, 900 Keosauqua Way, Des Moines, IA 50309

Join us as we celebrate 35 years!

Since 1982, Food Bank of Iowa has distributed over 163 million meals to Iowans in need, and we think that’s reason to celebrate! Join us for the A-CAN-EMY Awards & Celebration — a night of dinner, dancing, and live music by Max Wellman! As a special benefit, you get to experience the exceptional art space being renovated within Mainframe Studios, with tours of the building available prior to dinner.

Also, this year is another important milestone: Central Iowa Canstruction® marks their 20th anniversary. Through the years, Canstruction’s sculpture competition has donated over 325,000 pounds of food to Food Bank of Iowa. This year, the sculptures will be built in the A-CAN-EMY Awards event space — and if you attend, your vote will choose the People’s Choice winner!

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A-CAN-EMY Awards & Celebration Details


  • 5:30 p.m. — Cash bar, Mainframe Studios tours, CANstruction sculptures available for viewing/voting
  • 7:00 p.m. — Dinner & Awards
  • 8:15 p.m. — Dancing and live music by Max Wellman


About Canstruction®

Canstruction logoCanstruction® is an international organization with chapters across the globe. Architecture firms come together to benefit their communities through this one-of-a-kind event.

Canstruction® is using one can of food as a catalyst for change. One Can® to represent the building blocks of massive sculptures. One Can® to prove that every act of kindness makes a difference. Since 1992, Canstruction® has contributed over 17.5 million pounds of food to community food banks demonstrating that we can win the fight against hunger.

Canstruction® combines the competitive spirit of a design/build competition with a unique way to help feed the hungry. Competing teams, lead by architects and engineers, showcase their talents by designing giant sculptures made entirely out of canned food. Structures are created by stacking a variety of can sizes and shapes using the product labels as the color palette. Structurally self-supporting, the only other materials to be used are 1/4” leveling, cardboard, tape, rubber bands and wire.