Interrupt Trauma with Art and Kindness in Iowa

by Iowa Arts-In-Education DBA ArtForce Iowa
Interrupt Trauma with Art and Kindness in Iowa
Interrupt Trauma with Art and Kindness in Iowa
Interrupt Trauma with Art and Kindness in Iowa
Interrupt Trauma with Art and Kindness in Iowa
Interrupt Trauma with Art and Kindness in Iowa
Interrupt Trauma with Art and Kindness in Iowa
Interrupt Trauma with Art and Kindness in Iowa
Interrupt Trauma with Art and Kindness in Iowa
Interrupt Trauma with Art and Kindness in Iowa
Interrupt Trauma with Art and Kindness in Iowa
Interrupt Trauma with Art and Kindness in Iowa
Interrupt Trauma with Art and Kindness in Iowa
Interrupt Trauma with Art and Kindness in Iowa
Interrupt Trauma with Art and Kindness in Iowa
Interrupt Trauma with Art and Kindness in Iowa
Interrupt Trauma with Art and Kindness in Iowa
Interrupt Trauma with Art and Kindness in Iowa
Interrupt Trauma with Art and Kindness in Iowa
Interrupt Trauma with Art and Kindness in Iowa
Interrupt Trauma with Art and Kindness in Iowa
Interrupt Trauma with Art and Kindness in Iowa
Interrupt Trauma with Art and Kindness in Iowa
Interrupt Trauma with Art and Kindness in Iowa
Interrupt Trauma with Art and Kindness in Iowa

Summary

Do you think it's ok for a child to grow up fearful and isolated? Imagine a world where youth who have been traumatized can find a safe place to heal. That's our vision. ArtForce Iowa reaches out to children ages 12-18 who are refugees, immigrants, or system-involved with an invitation to make art and music. Artist mentors foster youth artists' belief in their own creative power. We are all on a healing journey, and ArtForce Iowa aims to interrupt ongoing childhood trauma with art and kindness.

$20,000
total goal
$7,440
remaining
144
donors
10
monthly donors
2
fundraisers
7
months

Challenge

The children and young people we serve typically lack resources to see beyond their immediate needs. The neighborhoods in Des Moines where most of our youth live have high rates of crime and substance abuse, and have the highest concentration of children and poverty in the city. In a state that is 90% white, many people find it easy to ignore or blame children of color rather than examine the labels so many are forced to carry: "hoodlum," "gangster," or worse.

Solution

ArtForce Iowa has served hundreds of youth by offering them a supportive arts community and access to arts and cultural experiences. We provide necessary resources such as clothing and food while tackling issues like domestic violence, sexual assault, homelessness and delinquency. In this time of physical distancing to prevent infection, ArtForce Iowa has worked with our Youth Advisory Board to come up with a care-package solution that reminds each young artist they are valued and loved.

Long-Term Impact

ArtForce Iowa believes in the individual, youth-led approach. Young people who have been denied opportunities, discriminated against, belittled and hurt need a healthy, safe environment in which to learn to love themselves for who they are. We open doors to art, music and creativity with nonjudgmental, friendly artist mentors. By encouraging youth to make art, we create a lifelong path towards healing. Our virtual workshops reach youth and build community while keeping all of us safe.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

http:/​/​www.artforceiowa.org
https:/​/​educate.bankstreet.edu/​occasional-paper-s

Organization Information

Iowa Arts-In-Education DBA ArtForce Iowa

Location: Des Moines, IA - USA
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Project Leader:
Christine Her
Des Moines, IA United States
$12,560 raised of $20,000 goal
 
190 donations
$7,440 to go
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