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 .

Press Contact: John Mark Feilmeyer,, 515 313 8902