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 from The Principal Charity Classic, the program helps 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.

Program Details

Connecting Kids and Culture provides funding to 27 area schools and school districts for field or in-class arts, culture or heritage experiences with 28 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 invested more than $2 million to Greater Des Moines schools and school districts exposing more than 570,000 students to arts and cultural learning experiences.

2019-20 Connecting Kids and Culture Overview

2019-20 Field Experience Report

Complete a Field Experience Report after each field experience.

  • Fall semester Field Experience Reports are due by Jan. 15, 2020. 
  • Spring semester Field Experience Reports are due by June 1, 2020.

2019-20 End-of-Year Evaluation

Important Note: Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, the requirement to spend all CKC funding during the 2019-20 school year has been waived. Unused funding may be rolled over to the 2020-21 school year. However, failure to complete this evaluation may result in a reduction of funding for the 2020-21 school year.

The deadline to submit the evaluation is 3:00 p.m. on Monday, June 1.

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 here.

Program Due Dates

Jan. 15, 2020: Fall semester Field Experience Reports 
June 1, 2020: Spring semester Field Experience Reports 
June 1, 2020: 2019-20 End-of-Year Evaluation 

Educator Resources

For more information, contact Amy Saylor with Bravo Greater Des Moines at 515.243.0388 or

2019-20 Connecting Kids and Culture Overview 

2018-19 Connecting Kids and Culture Executive Summary