our young people's voices have something to teach you.

Every day, we seek to transform youth in need through art. For the past year, youth artists have been working with their mentors to develop their talents in music, art, and digital production. For the past few months, we have been working with Drake University Law School to learn about justice issues that affect our community: school policies, juvenile courts, immigration. This May, ArtForceIowa's 3rd annual exhibit #KNOWJUSTICE: Finding Home showcases music, visual art, photography and documentary film-making made by ArtForceIowa youth artists.

Your attendance and attention change lives. Social justice is not just a dream. It’s a goal. 

May 4: Opening Night Reception 5:00-8:00pm

  • pop up shop of youth art and T-shirts

  • silent auction to support the work of ArtForceIowa

  • short program of performances 6:00pm


Free and open to the public

May 11: Community Advocacy: How can I help my neighbors? followed by Q&A 4:30-5:30pm

  • Join us as EMBARC (Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center) and LUNA (“Latinas Unidas Por Un Nuevo Amanecer” or “Latinas United for a New Dawn”) give professional tips to advocate for refugees and immigrants in our community

  • Learn ways you can help heal our diverse community


Free and open to the public

May 18: Juvenile Justice: Is it working? followed by Q&A 4:30-5:30pm

  • A youth moderator leads discussion with Juvenile Court officials


Free and open to the public

May 25: Celebrate our Community 4:30-5:30pm

  • Enjoy spoken word from our youth artists

  • Celebrate community justice champions

  • Refreshments provided


                                                                                                                       Photo: Kristian Day

                                                                                                                       Photo: Kristian Day