Bravo Greater Des Moines Awards $508,600 Through Spring Grant Programs, Including Regional Public A

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Monday, June 19, 2023

(Des Moines, IA) – Bravo Greater Des Moines announced $508,600 in grant investments made through three grant programs this spring.

Ten organizations are receiving Capital Project Grants which provide funding to arts, culture, and heritage nonprofits for capital projects that enable organizations to deliver programming and services more effectively and efficiently. Funded projects include equipment purchases, space acquisition and expansion, and public art.   Capital Project Grants totaling $250,700 were made to:

Ankeny Art Center

Ballet Des Moines

Blank Park Zoo

Des Moines Gay Men’s Chorus

Des Moines Community Playhouse

Des Moines Symphony & Academy

Fort Des Moines Museum & Education Center

Hoyt Sherman Place

Living History Farms

Mainframe Studios

Four Greater Des Moines communities were awarded Public Art Grants.  The Public Art Grant program was first introduced in 2019 to provide Bravo’s local government partners with funding for public art projects that encourage increased local artistic and cultural expression. After a two-year hiatus during COVID, funding totaling $117,900 has been awarded to:

City of Altoona

City of Grimes

City of Waukee

City of West Des Moines

Two additional communities were awarded grants through a new collaboration between Bravo Greater Des Moines and the Iowa Confluence Water Trails (ICON). “ICON Water Trails is proud to partner with Bravo Greater Des Moines on this inventive use of public art,” Hannah Inman, Interim Director of ICON Water Trails, said. “We view the increase in access to both culture and conservation as an inventive strategy to advance quality of life for all of our partner jurisdictions.”

The Bravo/ICON Public Art Grant provides funding for public art projects that are established on ICON access points along any of nine major river systems. Communities must have a 28E agreement with both ICON and Bravo to be eligible. This is the first of a two-year collaboration between Bravo and ICON, and funding totaling $140,000 is going to:

City of Clive

City of Urbandale

“Bravo is best known for our grantmaking and we are proud of the investments we are able to make on behalf of our local government partners,” said Bravo executive director, Sally Dix.  “These projects advance a wide range of regional priorities and we know that more art in more places is good for our entire community.”

All of Bravo’s grant programs are made possible by partnerships with 17 local government communities that contribute a percentage of hotel/motel tax revenue specifically for investment in arts, culture, and heritage – Altoona, Ankeny, Bondurant, Carlisle, Clive, Des Moines, Grimes, Indianola, Johnston, Norwalk, Pleasant Hill, Polk City, Polk County, Urbandale, Waukee, West Des Moines, and Windsor Heights.




About ICON Water Trails

Iowa Confluence Water Trails — ICON, for short — will connect 80+ improvements across 150 miles of rivers and creeks in Central Iowa. Initiated by the Central Iowa Water Trails Consortium, including Capital Crossroads, Catch Des Moines, the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, Des Moines Area MPO, Greater Des Moines Partnership, and the Great Outdoors Foundation, ICON represents a new commitment to water safety and conservation as well as a concerted effort to drive economic development, visitor attraction and workforce retention. Learn more at Follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.