education programming


create : collaborate : educate

Our programs ensure that the arts are part of a complete education. Beyond nurturing artistic talent, the programs also help develop critical thinking skills necessary to a child’s future success, and build future audiences who will sustain arts appreciation.

developing essential skills for the 21st century learner



Each year, nearly 15,000 residents from Polk, Warren, and Dallas counties participate in Metro Arts Education through its enrichment programs, GreenArts, and community events. We are currently in the process of becoming an Affiliate of a new arts integration residency program known as the Wolf Trap Early Education program. Access to the arts for youth, particularly through the education system, is a key goal for Metro Arts Alliance.


visual arts

GREEN ARTS

Indicates a Green Arts program, which some funding may be available.

ART FAIR FUN
Artist: Ruth Brail-Freeman
Grades: K-5
Length: 1 hr

SNAKES

Artist: Bev Ellis
Grades: K-5
Length: 1 hr
ANIMALS IN ART
Artist: Bev Ellis
Grades: K-5
Length: 1 hr

THEMED Multimedia COLLAGE

Artist: Barb Bailey-Mead
Grades: 4-8
Length: 2 hrs

ARTISTIC JOURNALS FROM REASSIGNED BOOKS

Artist: Barb Bailey-Mead
Grades: 6+
Length: 1 1-2 hour sessions
Group Size: 10-15 or smaller
EXPLORING CULTURE THROUGH ART
Artist: Bettie Jane Bibler
Grades: 2-12
Length: 1 hr
CARTOONING
Artist: Gene Hamilton
Grades: K-12
Length: 1 hr

TROUT ARE MADE FROM TREES!

Artist: Thea Nicholas
Grades: any
Length: 45-50 min
ILLUSTRATING YOUR STORIES
Artist: Gene Hamilton
Grades: K-12
Length: 1 hr
INSECTS IN ART
Artist: Bev Ellis
Grades: K-12
Length: 45-60 min

HAVE A HEART, SHARE ART

Artist: Samantha Thomas
Grades: K – 5/older
Length: 2 hrs (2 sessions)
MOBILE FUN
Artist: Maureen Korte
Grades: 4th – 7th
Length: 40–60 min

ART THROUGH RECYCLING

Artist: Romona Robinson
Grades: 5-8
Length: 1 hr

INSECTS & CREATING CAMOUFLAGE

Artist: Barb Bailey-Mead
Grades: K-3
Length: 1 hr

PRAIRIE PRINTS

Artist: Judi Ann Brown
Grades: 2-6
Length: 2 hrs

IOWA’S LAND

Artist: Thea Nicholas
Grades: any
Length: 45-50 min
PAINT
Artist: Pat Millin
Grades: K – 3rd grade
Length: 1 hr

music

GREEN ARTS

Indicates a Green Arts program, which some funding may be available.

FLYING PIG FIDDLE & BANJO: OLD-TIME DANCE PARTY

Artist: David Losure & Mary Schaeffer-Losure
Grades: 3rd+
Length: 1-2 hr (5 sessions)

GREEN VIBRATIONS

Artist: Bettie Jane Bibler
Grades: K-6
Length: 1 hr (2 sessions)
HARP MUSIC & MAKING
Artist: Kristin Maahs
Grades: K-5
Length: 30 min, 45 min, or 1 hr
ILLUSTRATING YOUR STORIES
Artist: Gene Hamilton
Grades: K-12
Length: 1 hr
FASCINATING FOLK INSTRUMENTS
Artist: Bettie Jane Bibler
Grades:K-5
Length: 1 hr
SING & DANCE IN MOTION
Artist: Frank Strong
Grades: K-8
Length: 1 hr
HISTORY THROUGH MUSIC
Artist: Frank Strong
Grades: K-5
Length: 1 hr
MUSICAL SURPRISES
Artist: Natalie Steenson
Grades: K-5
Length: 1 hr

AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC & DANCE

Artist: Dave Losure & Mary Schaeffer-Losure
Grades: 3rd+
Length: 1.5-2 hrs
AMERICAN ROOTS UNPLUGGED
Artist: Dave Losure and Mary Schaeffer-Losure
Grades: 3+
Length: 1.5-2 hrs
SONG CREATION
Artist: Bonne Finken
Grades: 3-6
Length: 8 total hours (can break into sessions)

writing

GREEN ARTS

Indicates a Green Arts program, which some funding may be available.

WATER IN ART

Artist: Bev Ellis
Grades: K-12
Length: 45-60 min
ZINES: MAKING YOUR OWN BOOKS
Artist: Cat Rocketship
Grades: 5-12
Length: 1 hr

ENVIRONMENTAL WRITING

Artist: Laura Sweeney & Jason Arbogast
Grades: K -5
Length: 45– 60 min
POETRY EXPLOSION
Artist: Cindy Mercati
Grades: 6-8
Length: 1 hr

HELP! THERE’S A WORM IN MY GARBAGE

Artist: Thea Nicholas
Grades: K-5
Length: 40-50 min

storytelling

GREEN ARTS

Indicates a Green Arts program, which some funding may be available.

Native American Tales & Traditions

Artist: Bettie Jane Bibler
Grades: K-12
Length: 1 hr
Multicultural Folklore & More
Artist: Bettie Jane Bibler
Grades: K- 6
Length: 1 hr
ALL ABOUT CRICKETS
Artist: Thea Nicholas
Grades: any
Length: 45-50 min
THE ART OF STORYTELLING
Artist: Bettie Jane Bibler
Grades: 3-7
Length: 1 hr
STORYTELLING IS MAGICAL
Artist: Barb Funke, Tulip & Friends
Grades: pre-K – 6th
Length: performance 60 min, 35-40 min workshops
NATURE FABLES & FOLKLORE
Artist: Jim Boardman
Grades: K-5
Length: 1 hr
AMAZING IOWA
Artist: Barb Funke, Tulip & Friends
Grades: pre-K – 6th
Length: performance 60 min, 35-40 min workshops

ANIMALS STORIES

Artist: Jim Boardman
Grades: K-5
Length: 1 hr
WORLD STORIES & STORYTELLING
Artist: Maureen Korte
Grades: any
Length: 45-90 min

CONSERVE THE EARTH

Artist: Maureen Korte
Grades: any
Length: 45-90 min
TREES THROUGH THE SEASONS
Artist: Thea Nicholas
Grades: any
Length: 45-50 min

Come on In! The Water’s Fine! Or is it?

Artist: Carol Taylor
Grades: 1 – 4
Length: 60 – 120 min (2 sessions)
Telling Your Story
Artist: Maureen Korte
Grades: 4th – 7th
Length: 1 hr

performance

GREEN ARTS

Indicates a Green Arts program, which some funding may be available.

IMAGINATION EXPRESS
Artist: Cynthia Mercati
Grades: 6-8
Length: 1 hr
THEATRICAT TELLS WORLD TALES
Artist: Carol Taylor
Grades: pre-K – 3
Length: 1 hr

HOOKED ON BUGS

Artist: Carol Taylor
Grades: pre-K-3rd
Length: 60 – 120 min
PUPPET-MAKING FUN
Artist: Carol Taylor
Grades: K-3
Length: 1 hr

THE DANCE OF WATER

Artist: Natalie Steenson
Grades: 3-5
Length: 45 min
MAGICOMEDY
Artist: Lee Cole
Grades: K-5
Length: 1 hr

IOWA ROCKS!

Artist: Thea Nicholas
Grades: 3-5
Length: 2 hrs

MAMMALS, MYTHS, & MOTHER NATURE

Artist: Bettie Jane Bibler
Grades: K-5
Length: 1 hr (2 sessions)
Hector Detector, Insect Inspector
Artist: Carol Taylor
Grades: 2 – 5
Length: 1 hr
Puppets Around the Story World
Artist: Carol Taylor
Grades: 1 – 5
Length: 1 hr (2 sessions)
Puppet Making and Puppet Theaters
Artist: Maureen Korte
Grades: 3rd – 8th
Length: 1 hr
Things, Things, and Things
Artist: Carol Taylor
Grades: 2 – 5
Length: 60 – 120 min

event photos

Our Teaching Artist, storyteller Jim Boardman, did an excellent job engaging the students of Valerius Elementary in Urbandale today!
Teaching Artist Gene Hamilton is wowing the fourth graders at St. Francis with cartooning!
Check out our NEW Arts Education program listing!!! Book a program & let the arts education begin.  http://www.metroarts.org/education-outreach/

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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