In 2012, the GDMPAF began creating free educational resources for families and educators that deepen understandings and enhance experiences of public art in Greater Des Moines.
Public art is intended to share stories of diversity, equality, inclusion and equity as they relate to the people and places of Iowa, especially those stories often untold. We hope that these resources will catalyze community conversations that can result in a shared, and fuller, understanding of our common history — and common bonds.
These useful resources developed in two stages. GDMPAF seeks to engage a cross-section of students, as well as communities, in telling, discussing and perhaps even producing the stories depicted in public art.
The first-stage resources are for schools, after school programs, individuals and families. Accessible overviews of artworks, discussion questions, suggested readings and links to related activities allow interested viewers to dig deeply and engage more meaningfully with 20 of the approximately 160 of public art works throughout Greater Des Moines.
The second-stage resources will include multidisciplinary themes to support classroom teachers and families. These projects are currently under development and will connect to the Common Core Curriculum and Iowa Early Learning Standards for pre-K to 12 students.