Hoyt Sherman Place Immensely Grateful for Continued Community Support

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Monday, August 23, 2021

Hoyt Sherman Place Immensely Grateful for Continued Community Support

As Hoyt Sherman Place settles into a new normal after a forced closure due to the pandemic, the organization would like to express immense gratitude for the generous support from community partners. Before Hoyt Sherman Place reopened in early June, the staff pivoted and used the closure to move up the next project – a restoration of the historic mansion’s second floor. This project would not have been possible without numerous donors and grant awards, including Prairie Meadows and the Polk County Board of Supervisors.

As Hoyt Sherman Place looks to get back to show business with events – concerts, comedians, authors, musicals, ballets – grant awards that go into specific projects and also the operations budget make returning to normal possible. Bravo of Greater Des Moines and the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs continue to provide operational support and continue to be great partners for Hoyt Sherman Place.

Prairie Meadows 2021 Legacy Grant Second Floor Mansion Restoration
The 2021 Prairie Meadows Legacy Grant recipients include endeavors to improve historic sites, renovate educational facilities, enhance early childhood development, create all-inclusive recreation areas, and more. As a nonprofit organization, Prairie Meadows supports Iowa nonprofit organizations that support arts and culture, education, economic development, and human services. Through grant programs, Prairie Meadows continually works to strengthen and expand opportunities, infrastructure, and services offered within the community.

Polk County Community Development Grant – Second Floor Mansion Restoration
The Polk County Board of Supervisors recognized that is in the best interest of the community to support Hoyt Sherman Place Foundation, and the funding will be directed toward materials and construction costs of the capital project to restore the historic mansion’s second floor.

In 1989, Polk County and Prairie Meadows established a partnership with the goal of investing a significant portion of Prairie Meadows’ revenue back into the community. This investment is what allows Polk County to fund local nonprofit community and economic development initiatives through the Community Development and Community Betterment grant programs. Polk County is committed to bettering the community by investing in education, arts, culture, health, and economic development.

Over the past three decades, together with Prairie Meadows, Polk County has invested over $1.8 billion to nonprofits and local infrastructure projects. These investments play a major role in the everyday lives of Polk County residents. Whether it’s the public library, the YMCA, the major roads driven on every day, schools, and more, this partnership has invested in it all, so residents can thrive in the place they call home.

Bravo Capital Project Grant – Operational support, roof repair
Bravo recently kicked off their fiscal year with a presentation to City Managers from across the region about opportunities to work together to leverage the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and the resulting Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to elevate arts and culture. For every $1 of public funds invested in nonprofit arts and culture in Greater Des Moines, the organizations are generating more than $50 in regional economic impact. Bravo is 99% funded with hotel/motel taxes with limited other opportunities for revenue generation.

Bravo funding continues to play a criticial role in this region by providing support to organizations like Hoyt Sherman Place. These dollars present a once-in-a-generation opportunity not only to stabilize losses, but to transform Iowa’s communities and invest in the long-term future we want to see.

Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Cultural Leadership Partner –
$20,000 / year / 3 years (Operational Support)

The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs designated 58 of Iowa’s leading arts and cultural organizations as Cultural Leadership Partners, including Hoyt Sherman Place. This is a competitive process that occurs once every three years. Cultural Leadership Partners receive annual operational support in recognition of their role as community and cultural anchors that maintain high standards of excellence, generate tourism and support high-quality jobs.

“The quality and diversity of art being made and presented across our state is remarkable,” Iowa Arts Council Administrator David Schmitz said. “Even during the pandemic, Iowa artists and arts organizations found new ways to create and connect to Iowans, often in ways that brought them closer to the communities they serve. We’re only beginning to see the results of these strengthened relationships.”

About Hoyt Sherman Place
Nestled on the eastern edge of the historic Sherman Hill district in Des Moines, Iowa, Hoyt Sherman Place boasts one of Des Moines' most magnificent entertainment, special event, and meeting facilities. Built in 1877 by prominent pioneer businessman Hoyt Sherman, the elegant family home is graced with marble fireplaces, parquet floors, and a carved mahogany entryway. Expanded over the years, the venue also includes an impressive and elegant art gallery as well as a grand and historic theater. For more than 100 years, Hoyt Sherman Place has served as a cornerstone for art, culture, and entertainment in Des Moines.

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