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Dear Friends,

My name is Yvette. I've been involved as a co-founder, an Artist Mentor, and a Board Member since the inception of ArtForceIowa in 2012. I started full time as Program Director this year, and I’ve never loved going to work so much!  We moved into a new facility in June, and our programs are growing. As we approach the fall, I want to make sure you're aware of all of the opportunities we have for our youth at ArtForceIowa. We need your support, your referrals, your love!

DSM Heroes. Based on the success of Creative Pathways, we are expanding our programming to include a new supportive arts community for immigrant and refugee youth ages 12-19. We are funded by Iowa Attorney General’s Victim Services Support Program, and dedicated to reaching those youth who have experienced violence and trauma. If you know a youth who fits this profile, please email DSM Heroes Program Manager Christine Her: You can also refer a youth through our referral form available online.

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Creative Pathways. This is the 4th year of our flagship program designed to engage court-involved youth ages 13.5-19. We have created an amazing supportive arts community made up of Des Moines artists as Artist Mentors, volunteers, court-involved youth and ArtForce staff.  If you know a youth who would benefit from this program, or would like to support it as a volunteer or donor, please contact me at



StreetCred Studios. ArtForceIowa’s social enterprise, specializing in screen-printing and digital media, puts young people ages 19-26 with difficult backgrounds to work. Since we opened for business in March of 2016, we have earned over $30,000, which supports the wages of the participants. We are accepting applications to work at StreetCred on our website.  Interim Production Manager, Michelle Jackson is also happy to take your t-shirt order! Call her at 515-777-3182.

We can’t do this without your support - your volunteer hours, your art supplies, your “likes,” and your donations. Please consider making a donation to support our work.  We’re also working hard to make room for more artists and volunteers. Check out this online form if you’re interested.

All the best,


Yvette Zaród Hermann
Program Director

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