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 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 every year.

Program Details

Connecting Kids and Culture provides funding support to 26 area schools and school districts for field or in-class arts, culture or heritage experiences with 29 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 $1,584,000 to Greater Des Moines schools and school districts exposing a cumulative enrollment of more than 380,000 students to arts and cultural learning experiences.

2017-18 Connecting Kids and Culture Executive Summary

2018-19 Connecting Kids and Culture Overview

2018-19 Field Experience Report

Please complete a Field Experience Report after each field experience if possible.
Fall semester Field Experience Reports are due by Jan. 15, 2019. 
Spring semester Field Experience Reports are due by June 3, 2019.

2018-19 End-of-Year Evaluation

The end of year evaluation must be completed by every school or district that received funding in the 2018-19 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 Monday, June 3.

Please direct any questions to Amy Saylor, program administrator, at or (515) 243-388.

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 2019-20 school year.

Program Due Dates

Jan. 15, 2019: Fall semester Field Experience Reports 
June 3, 2019: Spring semester Field Experience Reports 
June 3, 2019: 2018-19 End-of-Year Evaluation 

Educator Resources

For more information, please review the resources below or contact Amy Saylor with Bravo Greater Des Moines at 515.243.0388 or

2018-19 Connecting Kids and Culture Overview