Resources

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Educational Resources

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.


Grades: 9-12
Interdisciplinary Connections: STEAM


Grades: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Pre-K-2
Interdisciplinary Connections: 21st Century Skills, English Language, STEM, Science, Social Studies


Grades: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Pre-K-2
Interdisciplinary Connections: STEAM


Grades: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Pre-K-2
Interdisciplinary Connections: STEAM


Grades: 6-8, 9-12
Interdisciplinary Connections: STEAM


Grades: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Interdisciplinary Connections: STEAM


Grades: 6-8, 9-12
Interdisciplinary Connections: STEAM


Grades: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Pre-K-2
Interdisciplinary Connections: STEAM


Grades: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Interdisciplinary Connections: 21st Century Skills


Grades: 3-5, Pre-K-2
Interdisciplinary Connections: 21st Century Skills, Ecology, Science

Additional Resources

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Art Route DSM

Art Route Des Moines unites 87 pieces of public art with an access path via artful city sidewalks and intersections. Think, “Follow the Yellow Brick Road,” where the sidewalk is painted with circles and chevrons leading to world-renowned sculptures, murals and architecture — free for all to enjoy. The Downtown Des Moines painted trail spans 6 miles long and also includes six vibrantly painted intersections for a total of 14 crosswalks. Plus, West Des Moines will feature an additional art pocket along the trails near the City of West Des Moines City Hall.
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Public Art Apps

Public Art Apps were commissioned by the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation as a resource for both iOS and Android users. There are iOS versions that work on both iPhone and iPads. These apps for available from the Apple App Store, search for "DSM Public Art" or use the downlink link below. For Android Users, go to the Google App Store and search for "DSM Public Art" or use the download link below.

iOS App
Android App