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The City of Pleasant Hill partnered with the Des Moines Art Center to provide an unexpected art experience for its residents and visitors. The partnership began last summer to provide reproductions of artwork found at the Des Moines Art Center. They were placed outdoors along the City’s trail system and parks. This year, the program is expanding to include Altoona and Bondurant.
“Sharing the power of art and connecting with new audiences to promote curiosity is a continuous goal of the Des Moines Art Center,” says Jeff Fleming, Director of Des Moines Art Center. “This is the opportunity to achieve this goal on a new platform.”
The idea of placing reproductions from the Des Moines Art Center’s collections in the Pleasant Hill community began when Pleasant Hill Arts Advisory Commissioner, Regina Glawe, was visiting Mackinac Island. “There were striking pieces of art that could seem out of place and made me want to walk closer, find out more, and ask questions,” said Glawe. “After further exploration, I learned it is a program that brings a city’s Gallery art outside in public areas to encourage art education and connection to galleries.”
This idea was born into reality when Mayor Sara Kurovski brought it to the Des Moines Art Center. It was the perfect partnership to achieve mutual goals of furthering arts and culture in the area. After a successful pilot last year with two pieces that received an incredible amount of positive feedback, the program has expanded to include two pieces in Pleasant Hill, Altoona and Bondurant for a total of six reproductions.
“Opportunities like this to create conversation and further our quality of life by placing these temporary art installations are what I strive to provide,” said Mayor Kurovski. “I am eager for residents and visitors in the three cities to experience the Des Moines Art Center in our communities.”