about


Metro Arts Alliance advances creativity and strengthens our community through arts opportunities and education. We want to make the arts accessible to you. We bring art where YOU are.



vision

History shows that an abundance of the arts builds thriving communities that prosper on many levels.  Metro Arts Alliance will be known as a leader in bringing the arts to all areas of greater Des Moines.


mission

To advance creativity and strengthen our community, we educate and enrich the development of children and adults through schools, organizations, senior centers, and collaborating with other community partners. We create opportunities that provide lifelong access and engagement in the arts for all.



it begins with our values….


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    we create

    • We create opportunities for everyone to participate in the arts.
    • We create a positive buzz – a high level of awareness and excitement about the arts.
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    we collaborate

    • We collaborate with cultural organizations, artists, businesses, educators, governments and a variety of other groups to connect people to the arts.
    • We collaborate with community, business and cultural leaders regularly seek our perspective to ensure that the arts agenda is represented throughout community planning and decision-making.
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    we educate

    • We educate and enrich the development of children through schools and parks programs.
    • We educate our community to encourage lifelong learning through the arts.


over 40 years of history….


Metro Arts Alliance began in 1969 after city leaders recommended forming a community council to review human service needs and resources. That group reviewed existing programs and recommended changes to eliminate gaps, duplications and shortcomings. This assessment led to the study and formation in 1975 of the Arts and Recreation Council of Greater Des Moines with 35 board members. A staff person was hired and an office was established through Chamber of Commerce and Hawley Foundation grants. The Arts and Recreation Council changed its name to Metro Arts Alliance of Greater Des Moines in 1992. The initial mission to serve as an umbrella agency for arts, humanities, recreational and educational organizations has evolved into an organization that connects people to the arts through programming, communication and support of artists and arts organizations.

Metro Arts Alliance is dedicated to strengthening the central Iowa community through art, theater, music and dance. A rich diversity of arts programs, educational opportunities and cultural events make our city a more vital and interesting place to live while attracting new businesses and residents. Our on-going mission is to enrich the quality of life in Greater Des Moines by making the arts accessible to all.

Learn more about our rich history with this article: Metro Arts Alliance Brightening up the city for 40 years by Michael Morain, Des Moines Register, October 14, 2015.

1975-1987

2003-2012

1988-1991

2012-present


1992-2003

2015 Anniversary Year


volunteer board of directors


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    Rick Ballinger

    Senior Attorney  |  John Deere

Rick Ballinger
President
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    David (Dusty) Rauschenberg

    Program Manager, Global Application Equipment  | John Deere

David (Dusty) Rauschenberg
Vice President
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    Mary McAdams

    Singer Songwriter | Birch Bark Music

Mary McAdams
Secretary
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    Bill Wright

    Senior Vice President  |  CBRE|Hubbell

Bill Wright
Treasurer
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    Rick Ballinger

    Senior Attorney  |  John Deere

Rick Ballinger
President

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    Bill Wright

    Senior Vice President  |  CBRE|Hubbell

Bill Wright
Vice President
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    Jean O'Neill

    Realtor  |  Iowa Realty

Jean O'Neill

Secretary


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    Joe Countryman

    Leasing Specialist  |  Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

Joe Countryman

Treasurer


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    Joe Countryman

    Leasing Specialist  |  Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

Joe Country
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    R. Todd Ashby

    Executive Director | Des Moines Area MPO

R. Todd Ashby
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    Kellie Greiner

    Manager – Talent Relations  |  Aureon

Kellie Greiner
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    Alison Kurth

    Counsel  |  Principal Financial Group

Allison Kurth
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    David (Dusty) Rauschenberg

    Program Manager, Global Application Equipment  |  John Deere

David (Dusty) Rauschenberg
Past President

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    Kellie Greiner

    Manager – Talent Relations  |  Aureon

Kellie Greiner
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    R. Todd Ashby

    Executive Director | Des Moines Area MPO

R. Todd Ashby

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    Alison Kurth

    Counsel  |  Principal Financial Group

Allison Kurth

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    Marti Payseur

    Program Manager of Downtown Events Group  |  Greater Des Moines Partnership

Marti Payseur
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    Leslie Schechtman

    Chief Medical Officer | UnitedHealthcare Community & State-Iowa

Leslie Schechtman
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    Marti Payseur

    Program Manager of Downtown Events Group  |  Greater Des Moines Partnership

Marti Payseur
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    Leslie Schechtman

    Chief Medical Officer |  UnitedHealthcare Community & State-Iowa

Leslie Schechtman




staff


Angela Ossian
Executive Director
Carla Thomas

Education & Events Coordinator

Angela Ossian
Executive Director

Carla Thomas

Education & Events Coordinator





annual report

TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN ANNUAL REPORT

Our wonderful Drake interns Pamela Mulhern and Susan Nourse used their skills in graphic design and marketing to produce our beautiful 2015 annual report. Great job ladies!


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get in touch with us

Metro Arts Alliance of Greater Des Moines
3209 Ingersoll Ave. Suite 208, Des Moines, IA 50312
info@MetroArts.org
515.280.3222

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