Thank you to all who attended the 15th Annual Bravo Awards Gala and made it a huge success!

Save the date for the 16th Annual Bravo Awards Gala on February 6, 2021!

Dan Keough, Chairman and CEO of Holmes Murphy and Mike McCoy, CEO of NCMIC, kicked off the festivities. The co-hosts opened the live program with a toast to Bravo’s 15 years of maximizing the impact of arts, culture and heritage through $40 million in grants to more than 1,000 organizations.

The live program also featured our 2020 award winners. Congratulations to our honorees!

Don and Margo Blumenthal were honored with the Bravo Award. They have been instrumental in changing the cultural landscape of Central Iowa through their leadership, generosity and volunteerism. The Civic Center, the Art Center, and the Blank Park Zoo are just a few of the organizations that have benefited from their philanthropic work. 

New in 2020, the Spotlight Award was announced to shine a light on inspiring work happening because of Bravo's investment in arts, culture and heritage organizations. Both the After School Art Program (ASAP) and City Voices were honored for positively impacting and inspiring youth through the arts. 

These videos from the Gala tell the story of these organizations and what Bravo's support means to them.


The Bravo Awards Gala is the perfect showcase for the work Bravo does year-round. Through investments made by 17 local communities, Bravo provides a competitive and reliable source of funding to regional arts, culture and heritage nonprofit organizations and programs. In addition to grantmaking, Bravo also measures the positive impact of arts, culture and heritage organizations on the regional economy, and leads the vision for the future by enhancing and elevating economic development and quality of life for residents and visitors throughout Central Iowa. Proceeds from the Bravo Awards Gala help offset Bravo’s administrative expenses allowing more dollars to be invested back into the arts, culture and heritage organizations that create the entertaining and thoughtful experience we all enjoy.

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