The goal of the Des Moines Art Center’s community outreach program is to use art education to inspire students and at-risk youth to acknowledge their unique identities and use artistic expression to overcome adversity and establish a sense of worth.

Community Outreach Partners:

Achieving Maximum Potential (AMP) is a youth-driven advocacy and leadership group for teens and young adults, who have faced the challenges of out-of-home placement, whether foster care, group homes, shelters, or all three.

Afterschool Artist Program enriches the lives of students from Des Moines Public Middle Schools through arts education partnering with the Des Moines Art Center.

Children & Families Urban Movement’s mission is to create a community to support the potential of children, youth, and families through educational success, healthy living, and community engagement.  

Des Moines Alternative: Girls Program meets the educational needs of young women in grades six through eight who require intensive academic and behavioral instruction.

District Wide Program: Children & Families of Iowa Classroom serves 15–20 youths who reside in Children and Families of Iowa (CFI) group homes. This program serves students in grades six through twelve who need intensive behavioral and academic support to help them reach graduation. 

Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy & Resource Center helps refugees expand their world of possibilities through advocacy, education, and community development.

Hispanic Educational Resources Early Education Center Conmigo specializes in bilingual, culturally affirming educational programming and experiences for children and families.

Lutheran Services in Iowa’s Elder Program & Child Care Program serves newly arrived refugees.

Mentor Iowa provides guidance to children in need of assistance to enhance their self-esteem and stability, and gives them a chance for a positive future.

Oakridge Neighborhood Services creates opportunities for adults, children, and families to succeed and become economically independent. 

Orchard Place’s Residential Treatment Center & Orchard Place’s Mentor program serves children in need of intensive mental health treatment.

PACE Juvenile Center is the Orchard Place community-based operating division, providing skill-building services for a diverse population of children, teens, and families struggling with mental health and/or substance abuse issues.

Voices to be Heard is a support group for family, friends, and children of an incarcerated loved one. 

Youth Emergency Services & Shelter (YESS) provides emergency shelter, respite, and counseling for children birth through age 17. 

For more information about the Art Center's outreach programs, contact Studio Education and Outreach Manager Tracy Duran via email or by phone at 515.271.0347.

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