Views Forward Project

Grand View University has been a proud and committed resident of the east side of Des Moines since its founding in 1896. Campus improvements in the last decade have enhanced the University’s footprint along East 14th Street and surrounding streets.

The Views Forward Project recognizes the impact the University has had on the neighborhood and aims to bring continued positive change through genuine and sustainable projects, programs and events that involve residents and businesses. The Project will work with neighborhood leaders representing Highland Park, Union Park, Capitol Park, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Park to identify and develop initiatives that meet community needs and expand opportunities for Grand View students to serve, learn and build ties to the east side of Des Moines.

Ticket Program
Grand View boasts championship-caliber athletics and entertaining cultural offerings. Through the Views Forward Project Ticket Program, anyone living in the Highland Park, Union Park, Capitol Park, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Park neighborhood associations is invited to attend Grand View athletic, theater, music or cultural performances for free. Tickets must be reserved to avoid paying admission.

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Children's Theatre

Each year, Grand View's Theatre Department schedules a free, family-friendly play that is crafted to entertain the young and young at heart. We invite local elementary schools to participate free of charge.

Learn more about GV's Theatre Department.

Community Garden
Grand View used University property to develop a community garden that neighbors campus. With the support of United Way, Eat Greater Des Moines, and the Polk County Board of Supervisors, community members are able to grow fresh food for their families. The garden plots are available for the community to use for a $25 annual fee.
Food Rescue
Grand View staff studied the amount of leftover food from our dining and catering operations and began a partnership with local churches. Volunteers from the churches pick up the unused food from campus twice weekly to feed local children at after school programs.

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Corinna King
Corinna King
Director of Planning and Strategy for the President