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Monday, May 6, 2019

Bravo Greater Des Moines (Bravo) today announced the seven local organizations that will host interns this summer as part of the inaugural year of the Diversity in Arts Leadership (DIAL) internship program: 

  • Des Moines Performing Arts – Research and develop a ticket access program and support education and community engagement programs.
  • Iowa Public Radio – Market research and concept testing for digital arts/culture/lifestyle resource.
  • City of West Des Moines – Public art administration, project management and programming.
  • CultureALL – Develop communication strategies to strengthen community relationships.
  • Hoyt Sherman Place – Support implementation of Jazz in July, including neighborhood engagement.
  • Des Moines Art Center – Enhance community and membership programming and support.
  • World Food Prize – Archiving and preserving collection of public and performance artwork and supporting the inaugural Norman E. Borlaug Poster Day contest.

This is the first year of a five-year partnership between Bravo and Americans for the Arts to bring DIAL to Des Moines, matching undergraduate students from backgrounds traditionally untapped for arts leadership with host arts organizations and business mentors to guide students’ personal and professional growth throughout the summer.

With the focus of creating a more healthy, vibrant and equitable arts ecosystem, DIAL will support 24 full-time, paid, ten-week internships in Iowa, New Jersey, and New York City in 2019.

“The caliber of Des Moines’ arts and culture landscape is outstanding and we couldn’t be happier to work with these host organizations this summer,” said Sally Dix, executive director of Bravo.  “These projects will not only engage the interns but will truly strengthen the region’s cultural tapestry and creative economy.”  

“This program creates pathways for diverse arts leaders to enter a variety of arts disciplines and businesses, ensuring that participants gain invaluable exposure to the various fields of future employment. The immersive and engaging experience will be key in helping cultivate a more representative arts field,” said Robert L. Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts.

Additional information about DIAL is available online. 


Bravo Greater Des Moines invests in the strength of arts, culture and heritage in Greater Des Moines. Through competitive grantmaking programs and other community leadership efforts, Bravo leverages contributions from 17 local government partners to maximize the impact of arts, culture and heritage to advance regional priorities. 

Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. With offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City, it has a record of more than 50 years of service. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts.