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New Mural Transforms Women Of Achievement Bridge

June 29, 2023

GREATER DES MOINES, IA (June 29, 2023) – A new mural celebrating the spirit of diversity, inclusivity and connection in Greater Des Moines (DSM) has been installed near the Women of Achievement Bridge in Downtown DSM. The mural is located underneath the bridge’s overpass on the bicycle trail on the east side of the Des Moines River. 

Local artist Ally Frame designed and installed the piece. The design features children of diverse backgrounds holding hands to demonstrate that the world is connected. Woven into the design are Protea flowers to symbolize diversity, a crane to symbolize that we must strive for a balance to live in peace with one another, a tiger to represent the strength of the community in working together, a dove to symbolize peace, a sea turtle to symbolize peace and patient strength, and butterflies to symbolize hope. 

This project is managed by Operation Downtown and the Greater Des Moines Partnership, with assistance from Liz Lidgett Gallery + Design. The selection committee included representatives from the City of Des Moines, the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation, Women Lead Change and Operation Downtown.  

“This mural is a celebration of many of the elements that make our community strong,” said Jerrica Marshall, Downtown Placemaking Manager at the Greater Des Moines Partnership. “This is a great example of how public art can transform a space into a surprise-and-delight location that is inviting to all.” 


About the Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization that serves Greater Des Moines (DSM), Iowa. Together with 24 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,500 Regional Business Members and more than 400 Investors, The Partnership drives economic growth with one voice, one mission and as one region. Through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration, The Partnership grows opportunity, helps create jobs and promotes DSM as the best place to build a business, a career and a future. Learn more at DSMpartnership.com.  

About Downtown, DSM, Inc.

Downtown DSM, Inc. is part of the Greater Des Moines Partnership and is dedicated to ensuring the continued growth of Downtown Des Moines (DSM). A strong region needs a strong Downtown. Downtown DSM, Inc. leads efforts to drive development, placemaking and events in Downtown DSM. It promotes a strong Downtown through integration of retail, restaurants, businesses, housing, events and placemaking.  

About Operation Downtown  

Created to help make Downtown Des Moines (DSM) a safer, cleaner place to work, live and visit, Operation Downtown is classified as a Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District (SSMID). The mission is keeping Downtown DSM safe, clean, welcoming and vibrant, in support of a positive experience. Programs include trash cleanup, flower planting and visitor assistance. Operation Downtown, a 501(c)6, was formed in 1998 by business leaders to provide enhanced services that are not provided by the City of Des Moines. Today, the Greater Des Moines Partnership is a partner of Operation Downtown and helps keep DSM among the highest-rated, most vibrant regions in the country.