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.
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.
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….
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.
2015 Anniversary Year
volunteer board of directors
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!