DSM Heroes offers workshops in performing, visual, and digital arts, as well as supportive services and mentoring. The program seeks to create a supportive, arts based community for refugee and immigrant youth between the ages of 13 to 18. 

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Here's what we did in the past

DSM Immigrant Heroes was a week-long media workshop for immigrant and refugee youth. 25 participants from 10 different countries gathered to create videos about heroes from their communities.

When was the workshop? There were two separate workshops. The first was from Monday, June 9th to Friday, June 13th. The second was from June 16th to June 20th.  Workshops will be from 10am to 1 pm. 

Who participated? Immigrant/refugee youth and the children of immigrants and refugees participated. Ages 13 to 18. 

What the youth learned? They learned the basics of video development, production, and editing. They also learned to contemplate their own culture and its role in Iowan life. 

Who taught the workshops? Teachers included Robert Huesca, professor of communication at Trinity University in San Antonio, Paul D. Benedict, local filmmaker of Iowa Nice Guy acclaim, and John Mark, who has experience with teaching production and arts to hard-to-reach youth in Iowa and abroad. 


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