Video: Grant Wood students celebrate famous namesake on 125th birthday

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This year marks what would be native Iowan painter Grant Wood’s 125th birthday, and throughout the school year Grant Wood Elementary will be celebrating this special birthday in many ways.

Wood, who grew up in Cedar Rapids, painted several world renowned works such as “American Gothic,” “Woman With Plants,” and “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.”

This month, second through fifth grade students will take a field trip to 5 Turner Alley where Wood’s original art studio stands, as well as to the Veterans Stained Glass window that he produced in Cedar Rapids.

In September, students and families participated in multiple events as well, including a Grant Wood Walking Tour that started at Polk Elementary.

With many more activities to come, such as bicycle rides and dress up contests, the students will continue to be immersed in the life and art of their school’s namesake. These activities are designed not just to celebrate the history of Grant Wood, but to explore his connection and influence on Cedar Rapids and the surrounding areas.

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