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Celebrating and Supporting Arts, Culture, & Heritage in our Community, as a Community

The Bravo Awards Gala is more than just a party. It’s the party behind our purpose. Through a night filled with music, awards, and dancing, we recognize the transformative power of the arts in our community and celebrate the organizations and individuals that are making an impact.

The Bravo Awards Gala is also a showcase for the work Bravo does year-round: providing a competitive and reliable source of funding to regional nonprofit organizations in the arts, culture, and heritage sector, and leading the region in thoughtful discussion, strategy, and research of the impact that arts and culture has on the economy, quality of life, and every regional priorities.

Proceeds from the Bravo Awards Gala help offset Bravo’s administrative expenses allowing more public dollars to be invested back into the arts, culture and heritage organizations that create the entertaining and thoughtful experience we all enjoy. Every dollar raised beyond Bravo’s operational goal goes directly to our youth arts program, Passport to Culture.



Kicking off the 20th year of Bravo with our party with a purpose. Let’s celebrate 20 years of impact, and the power of arts, culture, and heritage. Tickets and sponsorships opportunities are now available at the button below. Secure your seat today.

The Bravo Awards Gala is more than just a party.
It’s the party behind our purpose.


Since the first Awards Gala in 2006, Bravo has recognized cultural partners at the Gala for their transformative impact on the region. In 2020, the award was renamed the Spotlight Award and honorees were selected each year not only for the incredible work and growth they achieved in the previous year, but also because their goals, strategy, and programming align with the pillars of Bravo’s strategic plan and core values. The 2023 honorees are vibrant examples of the impact of arts, culture, and heritage on the community.


Ballet Des Moines

2023 Recipient

Iowa Asian Alliance

2023 Recipient
  • 2022 Capital City Pride, ArtForce Iowa
  • 2020 City Voices, ASAP - After School Arts Program
  • 2019 Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation, Des Moines Playhouse
  • 2018 Pyramid Theatre Company, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
  • 2017 Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines Art Center
  • 2016 Des Moines Social Club
  • 2015 Des Moines Metro Opera
  • 2014 Blank Park Zoo
  • 2013 Des Moines Symphony
  • 2012 Des Moines Arts Festival
  • 2011 Des Moines Performing Arts


Since 2006, the Bravo Award has been given to an individual, family, or foundation whose commitment to the arts, culture, heritage, and community has positively impacted Greater Des Moines.

Kyle & Sharon Krause

2023 Recipient
  • 2022 Tom & Linda Koehn
  • 2020 Don & Margo Blumenthal
  • 2019 Maytag Family
  • 2018 Connie Wimer
  • 2017 Suku Radia
  • 2016 RW & Mary Nelson
  • 2015 Steven Zumbach
  • 2014 Fred & Charlotte Hubbell
  • 2013 Patty & Jim Cownie
  • 2012 W.C. Knapp, The John Ruan Family
  • 2011 The John Ruan Family
  • 2010 Barry & Michele Griswell
  • 2009 Richard Levitt / Maddie Levitt
  • 2008 John & Mary Pappajohn
  • 2007 David & LIz Kruidenier
  • 2006 Myron & Jackie Blank