Chance for interaction: Since 2012, the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation has created free online educational resources for families and educators that deepen understanding and enhance experiences of public art in Greater Des Moines. Online resources are less intimidating, and could help to increase individual interactions. Time to reflect.
Time to absorb material: Public art shares stories of diversity, equality, inclusion and equity as they relate to the people and places of Iowa, especially those stories often untold. These resources are created to catalyze community conversations that can result in a shared, and fuller, appreciation of our common history — and common bonds.
Our resources engage a cross-section of individuals, as well as communities, in telling, discussing, and perhaps even producing the stories depicted in public art.
For teachers and students, individuals and families — discover accessible overviews of artworks, discussion questions, suggested readings, and links to related activities. Viewers can dig deeply and engage more meaningfully with public art works throughout the metro.
More choice of topics: Look for multidisciplinary themes to support classroom teachers and families. Many resources connect to the Common Core Curriculum and Iowa Early Learning Standards for pre-K to 12 students.
Opportunities for convenience and enrichment are just some of the variables that have contributed to online learning growth. Distance education has gained steam. We are continuously looking to improve upon these as well as other facets of the public art experience.