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 provided by The Principal Charity Classic, the program works to help every kindergarten through fifth grade student in Polk, Dallas and Warren counties participate in at least one arts and culture field experience every year.

Program Details

Connecting Kids and Culture provides funding support to 37 area schools and school districts for field or in-class arts, culture or heritage experiences with 27 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 granted more than $1,452,000 to Greater Des Moines schools and school districts exposing a cumulative enrollment of more than 350,000 students to arts and cultural learning experiences.

2015-16 Connecting Kids and Culture Executive Summary

Educator Resources

Schools and school districts in Bravo communities. Participation as a school/district or a cultural organization is by invitation only. For more information, please reivew the resources below or contact Rachel Woodhouse with Bravo Greater Des Moines at 515.243.0388 or

2016-17 End of Year Evaluation

The end of year evaluation must be completed by every school or district that received funding in the 2016-17 school year. Instructions for completing the electronic evaluation can be found here. If you would like to preview the evaluation questions in advance of beginning the evaluation, please click hereEvaluations are due by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, June 2.

With questions, or for assistance, please contact Rachel Woodhouse, program administrator, at or (515) 243-0388.

Please note, field experience reports and evaluations that are late or incomplete, and/or not expending all awarded funds, may result in a reduction of funding or suspension from the program for a school or district in the 2017-18 school year.