Des Moines Metro Opera, Des Moines Performing Arts and the Des Moines Symphony were all named recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works grants. These grants are designed to support “artistically excellent projects that celebrate creativity and cultural heritage, invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values and enrich humanity.”
Each of the organizations identified specific programs for the grants to benefit, including:
Des Moines Metro Opera – OPERA Iowa initiative
This 12-week music education tour brings opera and live performance into schools and communities across the region. Now in its 34th year, the OPERA Iowa program is comprised of 8 professional artists who present curriculum-based classroom workshops, masterclasses, aria recitals and fully-staged operatic performances to over 25,000 students each year. Des Moines Metro Opera was awarded a $15,000 grant.
Des Moines Performing Arts – 2020 Dance Series Engagements
Dance companies, Ballet Biarritz and Ronald K. Brown/Evidence will take to the Civic Center stage to share their unique perspectives on the artform in 2020. Each company will lead master classes for local dancers and host conversations before and after the public performances. Additionally, the Ronald K. Brown/Evidence Company will perform a student matinee performance and lead an open masterclass for community members with no previous dance experience. Des Moines Performing Arts was awarded a $10,000 grant.
Des Moines Symphony – Annual school-day Youth Concerts
Taking place in March, the two-day series at the Des Moines Civic Center will host more than 5,000 Central Iowa fourth and fifth graders, introducing them to the instruments of the orchestra and iconic works of the symphonic repertoire. The Symphony Academy also provides educators with prepared, electronic, classroom ready lesson plans and teaching materials which align with participating school’s core curricula and give students the opportunity to interact with the music they hear. The Des Moines Symphony was awarded a $10,000 grant.