The deeper meaning behind the Silent Rivers 25th Anniversary dsm Unveiling Party

A month afterward, we are still feeling the love and appreciation from those who attended the Silent Rivers 25th Anniversary and dsm Magazine Unveiling Party in the 6th Avenue Corridor. We are grateful for the connections that help us make an impact in this community, and especially for the inspiration people experience from these synergies!

What a beautiful experience it was to see the event’s deeper meaning take hold on everyone as they witnessed the power that art, culture and diversity have to connect and inspire people. On the evening of October 29, the courtyard of the gutted historical building at 1601 6th Avenue was a joyous gathering spot to hundreds immersing themselves in a creative atmosphere of inclusivity! This video by Hannah Wright sums up what it meant to the community…

Inspiration for the community

Dozens of artists, cultural ambassadors and vendors collaborated with Silent Rivers to create an incredible experience celebrating the rich diversity of this neighborhood. Bringing the community together fosters transformation and understanding that we are all connected.

The Silent Rivers dsm Magazine Unveiling event was such an energizing experience! It was incredible to take part in bringing this important historic building back to life for the evening and we look forward to it again serving as a community hub on the 6th Avenue Corridor once the rehabilitation is complete.

We’ve received so much positive feedback about the event. Neighborhood residents and stakeholders greatly appreciated the opportunity to showcase all our area has to offer.”

~Breann Bye, Executive Director, 6th Avenue Corridor

The comments on social media were outstandingly positive!


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The immeasurable value of connection

The fact that it is our 25th anniversary was simply the impetus for creating a very special event. Sure, we could have made the event all about Silent Rivers and what we’ve accomplished in the last quarter century. Here’s the beautiful truth: The success of Silent Rivers is the result of connections made within our community that enable us to create inspiring spaces, and that leads to a more inspired community.

Silent Rivers knows that art and beauty, when part of our daily lives, help people to understand themselves and their higher purpose. Hosting an inclusive party celebrating 25 years of Silent Rivers connecting people to people, home, beauty, community and planet was really about honoring everyone who is a part of this journey while spreading the inspiration!

Several sponsors supported this event, and Silent Rivers is extremely grateful for these partners. We are humbled by what their connection to Silent Rivers means to their organizations:

AAA Roofing Company logo

Barnum Floors logo

As a full service hardwood flooring company, we honor our CONNECTION with Silent Rivers Design+Build as they celebrate 25 years of success. Integrity, relentless dedication & sharp new ideas consistently define our relationship with Silent Rivers. It is always an honor to partner with the innovative artisans that represent this company. Artful, social, environmentally progressive and forward thinking ~ putting community first. Barnum Floors is proud to collaborate with them on installation, restoration of existing hardwood and creating custom hand-crafted hardwood. Way to go, Chaden and crew!”

~ Kathy Barnum, Barnum Floors

Des Moines Arts Festival logo

Factory Direct Appliance logo

As one of the world’s leading festivals, Des Moines Arts Festival® is grateful to collaborate with Silent Rivers who understands our vision to strengthen a vibrant and creative community. The arts has the power to engage and connect people, and we value our relationship with Silent Rivers who shares our core values to inspire, celebrate and impact the arts through collaboration and innovation. Engaging people toward a heightened appreciation of the arts, culture and diversity makes a positive impact in the lives of our community. We salute Silent Rivers on 25 years of creating their art and the personal and professional impact its visionary leader, Chaden Halfhill, has made to improve our community!”

~ Stephen King, Des Moines Arts Festival

Ferguson logo


GMT Granite, Marble & Tile Solutions logo

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen, and Lighting Gallery is the nation’s largest supplier of plumbing, lighting and appliances. Our motto is “No one expects more from us than we do.” We try to live up to that everyday when we are assisting our clients. I have a lifelong connection to Silent Rivers and am honored that you trust my ideas and expertise in your projects.”

~ Amy Kimberley, Ferguson

GMT (Granite, Marble, and Tile Solutions) has been partnering with Silent Rivers by providing clients with quality granite, marble, and quartz surfacing for remodeling and new builds. The artisans always think outside the box, and that translates to GMT being part of projects that receive many accolades from customers.”

~ Jeff Bognar, GMT

Rubber Roofing Systems logo


Spectrum Lighting & Interiors logo

Rubber Roofing Systems Inc. is a local flat roofing company that has been in business 28 years. We have had a great working relationship with Silent Rivers Design+Build for many years. We respect and admire the level of detail that Silent Rivers puts into the plan, design and building of their project! Their attention to detail is second to none!”

~ Courtney Casey, Rubber Roofing Systems

Spectrum Lighting and Interiors strives on excellence, experience and a knowledgeable staff to assist customers in obtaining the best solution to residential or commercial lighting projects. We offer the largest selection in lighting and ceiling fan styles, an extensive inventory of lamps and lampshades and artwork and mirrors. We also offer fixture repair and restoration services. Spectrum Lighting and Silent Rivers have partnered on many unique projects throughout the years. We value solid relationships with industry leaders like Silent Rivers and look forward to another successful year together!”

~ The team at Spectrum Lighting & Interiors

The Dana Company logo

White Oak Realty logo


After being in business for almost 30 years, The Dana Company has found out that we do our best work when we can build long-lasting relationships with our partners like we have with Silent Rivers. As their trusted advisor for all of their insurance needs, we do our best to make sure they have the proper coverage to protect them from financial loss. We want to congratulate Chaden and his team at Silent Rivers for 25 great years and look forward to seeing what the next 25 years brings.”

~ The team at The Dana Company

What’s great about Chaden and Silent Rivers is the level of craftsmanship and creativity in all of their projects. Chaden is motivated by business that has positive community impact. They are a community-centric company in an age when bottom line alone is so often on the top of the agenda. Here’s to another 25 years changing Des Moines and the way many of us look at real estate.”

~ Connor Delaney, White Oak Realty

We also thank those who donated their time, talent, expertise and presence:

6th Avenue Corridor  |  BLK & Bold Specialty Beverages  |  Dress for Success  |  Edward J. Shannon Architect/AIA  |  Good Vibes Yoga  |  Indigo Dawn Development  |  Panache  |  The Great Frame Up  |  The Wine Wagen  |  Vision Electric


And a very special thank you to the artists who exhibited and created connection:

Deshara Bohanna  |  Kelly Boon  |  Dartanyan Brown  |  Karla Conrad  |  CultureALL  |  Paula Egan  |  Sandra Gustafson  |  Iven Jones  |  Robert Moore |  Emmett Phillips  |  Moulton Elementary ASAP Arts  |  Amy Putney Koenig  |  Gary Usovsky  |  Jill Wells


With heartfelt gratitude…

When people connect to people, transformation is possible. Transformation of self, home, businesses, neighborhoods and our planet. Our connection with you is an important part of our company’s success and longevity, and we honor that connection!

We are grateful for all the connections Silent Rivers has been fortunate to create in this wonderful community during our 25 years of business. Here’s to inspiration and connection in our next 25 years!

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Photo gallery: An unforgettable Silent Rivers 25th Anniversary party!

Photo gallery: An unforgettable Silent Rivers 25th Anniversary party!


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Celebrating 25 years in Silent Rivers style! EVENT DETAILS


Celebrate connection at Silent Rivers 25th Anniversary <i>dsm</i> Unveiling party!

Celebrate connection at Silent Rivers 25th Anniversary dsm Unveiling party!


The Silent Rivers Way: We live, design and build by our values

The Silent Rivers Way: We live, design and build by our values


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