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Community Foundation celebrates 50th birthday with mural


The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines (#GIVEdsm) is celebrating its 50th anniversary by commissioning a downtown mural by artist Ben Schuh.

The art, to be located on a wall on the west side of the Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel, will spell out “Greater Des Moines” against a backdrop of the state Capitol and the Women of Achievement Bridge.

The large block letters will have art inside them with tributes to the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, Lauridsen Skatepark, the Principal Riverwalk, the Robert D. Ray Asian Gardens, the 80/35 Music Festival, B-cycle, the Jackson Street Bridge, the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation, Gray’s Lake Park and Central Iowa water trails. 

Schuh was scheduled to begin painting the mural right at the Community Foundation’s annual luncheon today, with completion before the June 20 birthday bash at the site, said foundation President Kristi Knous. The Brazilian 2wins will play. 

“It’s a really unique mural, and it helps tell the Community Foundation story visually. Of course, we love to promote the arts any way that we can,” Knous said. 

A request for proposals brought responses from all over the United States and from several other countries, Knous said. Schuh, a local artist, got the nod for a project “in the low five figures.”

“We think this is going to be a really fun selfie spot,” Knous said. “Picture every engagement picture, wedding picture under Better Together, Better Forever,” a foundation slogan, Knous said. The mural will be protected from light and graffiti. 

The courtyard next to the mural is a rental space run by the Savery.


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