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Contact Buzz: ArtForce Iowa gives immigrant and refugee kids the tools to make art, bridge cultural gaps

Don’t let this organization’s generic mission statement — “Creating opportunities for youth to transform through art” — deceive you. Like paints and brushes, unless they’re in the hands of the right person, such a statement remains passive. ArtForce Iowa truly […]

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Art supports climate justice at the Iowa Environmental Council’s inaugural Green Gala

The Iowa Environmental Council’s (IEC) Green Gala & Art Auction filled Mainframe Studio’s Big Room on Friday, Nov. 10, with guests dressed in shades of green to support a greener future. As people sipped their wine over tunes from DJ […]

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‘I am my sister’s keeper’: Trans femmes in Central Iowa share home and resources through the Trans Housing Project

Zoie Taylor has owned two houses, across the street from one another in her Des Moines neighborhood, for a while now. They’re hers outright, mortgages paid off. And for a while, she rented them out in the typical fashion. Until […]

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Please touch the artwork at Des Moines Art Center’s interactive new exhibit

Touch is widely considered to be the most intimate of the five senses, one that has been highly politicized and rationed through the COVID-19 pandemic. For a long time, the general public wasn’t able to be physically caring with many […]

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Des Moines-based BLK & Bold coffee collabs with Marvel Studios, Target on ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ packaging

Black coffee just got Blacker with a promotional partnership alongside one of the biggest movie releases of the year. Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever product collection features Des Moines’ own BLK & Bold coffee, founded by Rod Johnson and […]

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Protesters disrupt carbon capture conference in Des Moines, face close call with SUV

About 100 people marched from Cowles Commons through the streets of Des Moines to the Iowa Events Center on Wednesday to protest the National Carbon Capture Conference and Expo. The expo featured speakers from Summit Carbon Solutions, Wolf Carbon Solutions, […]

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Happy bonobos make great research subjects at Des Moines’ world-renowned Ape Initiative

Des Moines is known for a few things: the Traveler’s Insurance sign, Slipknot and, I suppose, the Iowa state government. But in zoologist circles globally, Des Moines is famously the home of the only facility dedicated to the research and […]

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Eat Greater Des Moines’ food rescue app has attracted hundreds of volunteers — now it needs more food to move

Eat Greater Des Moines partnered with grocery stores, gas stations and the community to make sure unwanted food in Central Iowa doesn’t have to go to waste. Their food rescue app launched back in June, and in its first four […]

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City of Clive accepting submissions for Art Along the Trail 2023

The Greenbelt Trail is Clive’s crown jewel: a wooded bike trail that connects neighborhoods, playgrounds and natural spaces throughout the city. And while the Greenbelt Trail is beautiful in its own right, the City of Clive also wants to use […]

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