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G. David Hurd Innovator in the Arts Award Recipient Announced

May 25, 2018

Des Moines, IA May 25, 2018 — The Des Moines Arts Festival® proudly presented the third annual G. David Hurd Innovator in the Arts Award at last night’s 2018 Preview Celebration. Bravo Greater Des Moines was honored for their commitment to and investment in the arts, culture and heritage organizations that make our region unique.

The annual G. David Hurd Innovator in the Arts Award recognizes an individual or organization that fully embodies innovation within the arts. “David Hurd was an extraordinary man with an extraordinary heart. He was passionate about Des Moines and its success,” said Stephen King, Executive Director of the Des Moines Arts Festival. “It was David’s passion and vision that made our community a better place to live, and that drives us each day to think outside the box to create opportunity.”

About G. David Hurd

G. David Hurd was the former CEO of Principal Financial Group and an influential community leader. During his life, Hurd chaired the Greater Des Moines Chamber of Commerce Federation, the Des Moines Development Corp. and the Downtown Partnership, organizations that eventually became the Greater Des Moines Partnership. He also was a longtime member of the Des Moines Arts Festival board of directors. Dave was described as a progressive thinker and a leader who was ahead of his time.

About Bravo Greater Des Moines

Bravo Greater Des Moines is a nonprofit organization that provides funding and support for arts, culture and heritage organizations throughout the region.  Bravo’s revenue comes primarily from 17 local government partners who contribute a portion of their hotel/motel tax.  Bravo then reinvests those funds in local arts organizations and programs that are vital contributors to the region’s vibrant quality of life and economic strength. Over the past 10 years, Bravo has granted more than $35 million to more than 90 arts organizations in Greater Des Moines.

About the Des Moines Arts Festival®

The eleven-time Grand Pinnacle Award-winning Des Moines Arts Festival presented by Nationwide will be held June 22-24, 2018. This free annual three-day arts and culture festival will surround the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park. DMAF invites you to “…go where it takes you…” by engaging with 180 invited professional visual artists, emerging Iowa artists, the cutting-edge Interrobang Film Festival, live music, performing arts, interactive arts activities, award-winning community outreach programs, live artist workshops and demonstrations, artisan food, and beverages for every taste. The Des Moines Arts Festival is presented by Nationwide and sponsored by Bravo Greater Des Moines, Prairie Meadows, Principal, and MidAmerican Energy.

For more information please visit us online at www.desmoinesartsfestival.org or socialize with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DesMoinesArtsFestival, Twitter at @DMArtsFestival, Instagram at @desmoinesartsfestival, Pinterest at @dmartsfest, on YouTube and on LinkedIn.  #GoWhereItTakesYou #DMAF #DMAF2018 #Nationwide #MakeSafeHappen