Above: An expressive portion of a student’s artwork, created at ArtForceIowa and part of an exhibit coming to Heritage Gallery.
An exhibit of artwork by local youths who have been involved in the court system or have been victims of crime will open with a reception May 4 at the Polk County Heritage Gallery in downtown Des Moines.The evening will showcase music, visual art, photography and documentary filmmaking.
The exhibit “#KnowJustice: Finding Home” features work created through ArtForceIowa, an organization dedicated to helping at-risk youths develop artistic skills and creative expression. The young artists have been influenced by personal-rights workshops, facilitated by students and faculty from Drake University Law School.
The exhibit will be supported by a series of events beginning with the opening-night fundraising reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets ($40) are available here. Programming continues on the following three Thursday nights with free panel discussions May 11 on immigration and May 18 on juvenile justice and a free closing-night event May 25 featuring poetry and community justice awards. For more information, visit ArtForceIowa.org. Polk County Heritage Gallery is at 111 Court Ave.