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Former Director of Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs to Lead ArtForceIowa

ArtForceIowa Appoints Pederson as Executive Director

October 3, 2016

 

Cyndi Pederson to lead ArtForceIowa. 

Des Moines, Iowa - The Board of Directors of ArtForceIowa is pleased to announce that Cyndi Pederson will take on the post of Executive Director of ArtForceIowa on October 17. ArtForceIowa provides targeted arts programming for some of the hardest to reach youth in Des Moines.

"I am excited for this new opportunity with ArtForceIowa, and I look forward to working with the team to continue the incredible work ArtForceIowa contributes to the community," reported Pederson.

A native of Des Moines and passionate supporter of the arts, Pederson has spent much of her professional life working on creative solutions to improve the quality of life for Iowans.

As the former Director of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, Pederson managed a staff of 91 employees and was the lead legislative liaison for the department. During the past three years at the Des Moines Social Club (DMSC), Pederson was responsible establishing operations as the organization grew into the renovated firehouse.

In her role as Executive Director of ArtForceIowa, Pederson will oversee the organization’s mission “to transform youth in need through art” with a suite of innovative arts-based programs. This includes 2015 Ignite Innovation 2nd place winner StreetCred Studios, a social enterprise that employs young people with criminal backgrounds to gain workforce skills in a screen-print and digital media environment. ArtForceIowa also includes youth development programs serving immigrant and refugee youth and juvenile-court involved youth.

Pederson’s appointment will follow the departure of founding Executive Director, John Mark Feilmeyer, who accepted a position with myAgro, an international non-profit focused on agricultural development in Bamako, Mali. “I couldn’t think of a more qualified Executive Director in the State of Iowa,” said Feilmeyer. “ArtForceIowa has seen tremendous growth in the last four years, and Cyndi will continue ArtForceIowa’s legacy as a premier arts outreach organization.”

Friends and supporters of ArtForceIowa are welcome to join Pederson, Feilmeyer, staff and youth at the Music Showcase on October 18, 2016, from 5-7pm at ArtForceIowa, 600 Holcomb Ave., #3, Des Moines, Iowa.

ArtForceIowa, founded in 2012, is an arts outreach organization in Des Moines that seeks to “transform youth in need through art.” The organization offers targeted arts programming for some of the hardest to reach youth in Des Moines. For more information, visit www.artforceiowa.org .

Press Contact: John Mark Feilmeyer, johnmark@artforceiowa.org, 515 313 8902

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WHO TV: ArtForceIowa Sees Year of Success

DES MOINES, Iowa - A local non-profit dedicated to helping reduce crime through art is celebrating a year of success.

ArtForceIowa works with court-involved youth in its Creative Pathways program on various art projects after school. The group's mentors help kids pursue hobbies in music, dancing, painting, and more. ArtForceIowa released its annual report this week, citing major success in grad. .  .

 

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ArtForceIowa releases its 2016 annual report

Des Moines, Iowa – September 29, 2016  -  ArtForceIowa, Des Moines’s arts-outreach organization, released its annual report earlier this week detailing the success and expansion of programs during the 2015–2016 program year.  The report shows that for the second year in a row, recidivism rates are significantly lower for juvenile offenders who participate. Additionally, seven of eight youths who were seniors this year, graduated from high school — a stunning graduation rate considering that studies show between 30–40 percent of youth who endured incarceration drop out of school. 

 

During the 2015–2016 program year, ArtForceIowa received funding to launch two major programs. The Community Innovation Investors’ Ignite Innovation Grant was awarded to the screen-printing and job program, StreetCred Studios. A three-year grant was also awarded by the Victim Services Office of the Attorney General of the State of Iowa to serve immigrant and refugee youth through DSM Heroes.

 

“Our mission is to transform youth in need through art,” reported Executive Director, John Mark Feilmeyer. “I see our staff, artists and volunteers having a positive impact on the youth we serve every day. This support is leading to better academic success, better quality of life and better futures for our youth.”

 

The annual report is available on the organization’s website at http://www.artforceiowa.org/s/2016-ar-spreads.pdf.

 

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ArtForceIowa, founded in 2012, is an arts-outreach organization in Des Moines that seeks to “transform youth in need through art.” The organization offers targeted arts programming for some of the hardest-to-reach youth in Des Moines. For more information, visit www.artforceiowa.org.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Liz Adelman

liz@adelmandeangroup.com

515 802 0603

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ArtForce Announces a New Program for Polk County Youth

DES MOINES, IA – (September 8, 2016)  - ArtForce Iowa is proud to launch a new program called DSM Heroes. The program will provide a supportive arts-based community for refugee, immigrant, and first generation youth between the ages of 13 and 19 who are survivors of crime. DSM Heroes will have weekly after school workshops exploring performance, fiber, visual, and digital arts.

DSM Heroes hopes to increase the quality of life and academic success for refugee and immigrant youth by creating a supportive arts-based community. In the inaugural year the program will enroll 75 youth.

“This program goes hand-in-hand with our interest and mission to transform youth in need through art,” said DSM Heroes program manager Christine Her. “We are excited to have the opportunity to serve, and provide love and support for the youth in Polk County.”

DSM Heroes is funded in part by the State of Iowa Attorney General’s Victim Support Services Program through funding from the Victim of Crime Act. “We are proud of the new initiative programs we have funded for the coming year. Beginning July 1, crime victims and their families throughout the state will have access to dozens of additional resources to help and support them through the challenges many face when crime happens. We look forward to working with these new agencies, and are anxious to see the impact they make in their communities,” said Crime Victim Assistance Division Community Specialist Natalie Scarpino.

ArtForceIowa, founded in 2012, is an arts-outreach organization in Des Moines that seeks to “transform youth in need through art.” The organization offers targeted arts programming for some of the hardest-to-reach youth in Des Moines. For more information, visit www.artforceiowa.org.

 

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Media Contact: Liz Adelman

(515) 802 0603

liz@adelmandeangroup.com

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Past Media Coverage

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/entertainment/arts/arts-in-iowa/2015/11/04/art-workshops-offer-troubled-teens-clean-slate/74261778/

http://whotv.com/2016/03/24/court-involved-youth-get-real-work-experience-at-streetcred-studios/

http://whotv.com/2015/11/04/reducing-crime-through-art/

http://whotv.com/2013/06/19/cleaning-up-teens-anti-littering-message/

http://whotv.com/2015/11/04/national-endowment-for-the-arts-visits-des-moines/

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/life/living-well/yp/2014/11/25/john-mark-feilmeyer-arts-force-iowa-profile/19482219/

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/columnists/iowa-view/2016/05/08/learn-listen-youth-trouble/83994478/

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/columnists/rekha-basu/2016/04/19/basu-art-helps-kids-knowjustice/83230336/

http://iowapublicradio.org/post/exhibit-gives-incarcerated-teens-voice#stream/0

http://iowapublicradio.org/post/immigrant-children-learn-through-art#stream/0

http://iowapublicradio.org/post/jane-chu-chairman-national-endowment-arts-encourages-young-artists#stream/0

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