About Us

ArtForceIowa seeks to offer the most at-risk youth in the community a supportive environment where art rules. All programs are based on our three force model. The model incorporates life and work skills, mentorship, and advocacy into the art of creative expression. A variety of programs have been designed to focus on this model: our signature program, Creative Pathways,  DSM Heroes, and StreetCred Studios.  


Program Pillars: THREE FORCE MODE 


Expression leads to transformation.  The arts have powerful influence over youth. When youth learn that they can own that power, they can use it to improve themselves and their community.  At ArtForceIowa, youth “get their hands dirty” right away, and have the opportunity to participate in a variety of workshops including performance, visual, and digital arts.


Find a creative pathway.  ArtForceIowa participants gain resume-worthy experience by working with professional artists who are masters of their trade. Cooperative internships in video production, digital media, and screen printing allow youth to gain skills and experience. We help youth to build resumes, apply for jobs, and practice the life skills necessary to maintain employment. ArtForceIowa is their best advocate as they seek to take on the workplace.


Someone to lean on.  We don’t dwell on boundaries. With open minds and empathetic hearts, staff members listen to the problems that youth face and help them to seek solutions to live in a dignified and fulfilling way. Whether it’s at juvenile detention, the court house, or school, we advocate for youth as they tread through difficult times.  We might help with homework, scheduling an appointment, or by getting youth referrals to other services and programs.


Our Mission: To Transform Youth in Need Through Art 

Values:  We care. 

  Commitment – We never give up on the youth we serve.  

  Accountability – We keep our promises and expect our youth to do the same. 

  Respect – We foster a culture of mutual respect between adults and youth.

  Experience – We create an environment where youth learn by doing.


If you know someone who would benefit from our programs, please contact us via email or call us directly at 515 777 3182.