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