ArtForce Iowa is a 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Des Moines Iowa. Founded in 2012, ArtForce Iowa has a mission to transform youth in need through art. ArtForce Iowa has pioneered a non-pathologizing approach to working with children targeted as in need of services. We offer a critical humanizing perspective through case studies. Seven youth artists are highlighted to provide windows into complicated, troubling, and hopeful effects of their relationship with their own healing. This article aims to shed light on the promise and innovation of authentic supportive kindness and youth leadership to support the social and emotional lives of children from marginalized communities.
Her, C. M., Hermann, Y. Z., & Parker, E. K. (2020). Interrupting Trauma with Hope, Kindness, Art and Healing. Occasional Paper Series, 2020 (43). https://educate.bankstreet.edu/occasional-paper-series/vol2020/iss43/12