Connecting Kids and Culture
A collaboration of Bravo Greater Des Moines and the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, Connecting Kids and Culture provides cultural learning experiences for area students – connecting kids, culture and the community.
Courtesy of funding from The Principal Charity Classic, the program helps every first through fifth grade student in the 17 communities currently contributing to Bravo Greater Des Moines participate in at least one arts and culture field experience.
Connecting Kids and Culture provides funding to 27 area schools and school districts for field or in-class arts, culture or heritage experiences with 28 participating cultural organizations.
Arts and cultural experiences allow educators to enhance their curriculum by helping students make lasting connections outside of the classroom and by bringing local arts and cultural experiences into their schools. Exposure to these experiences enhances critical thinking, problem solving abilities, and collaboration and communication skills that help prepare students for success.
Since 2007, Connecting Kids and Culture has invested more than $2 million to Greater Des Moines schools and school districts exposing more than 570,000 students to arts and cultural learning experiences.