Momentum is thankful for all the support we received during our Grand Open earlier this month! Thank you for taking notice of our talented artists and even purchasing some of their work. You have made their holiday a little more bright with your words of encouragement. Thank you for attending! Now that our studio is open, we will have open hours for artists to come in and work or meet with a mentor. Artists interested in getting set up with a mentor will need to contact the Momentum Program Coordinator Shannon Kaster at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by during open studio hours to chat! We look forward to meeting with you!
We are starting our #GivingTuesday campaign and we need your help to get the word out! If you haven’t already, like our Facebook page and share our posts with your friends & family. You don’t have to dig deep into your pockets this holiday giving season, just take the $5 Challenge by donating $5 and then tagging 5 friends to do the same! Small acts can create big change. Don’t forget to use our special Facebook FRAME to let everyone know that you support our nonprofit for #GivingTuesday. All of our donations will be used to purchase paint, canvas, notebooks, and other necessities that we use for our workshops! Check our our campaign HERE
We are excited to announce that the Momentum Art Studio will have it’s grand opening on November 9th from 4-7pm located in Mainframe Studios at 900 Keo Way, Des Moines, IA 50314. We will provide guests with a walking tour to showcase how Community Support Advocates is making a huge impact in the community with the launch of the Momentum program. Visitors will be invited to see our new studio space, talk with participant artists, and learn about ways they can support our mission.
In September we started our photography workshop in the Momentum program and it just so happened to be migration season for the Monarch Butterfly. So of course we had to build a workshop to try and capture this magnificent occasion!
This was unique already because it was a destination workshop, located at the Neil Smith Wildlife Refuge Center in Prairie City. They have a butterfly garden and trails that were perfect for exploring with a camera lens. The Momentum Program Coordinator provided participants with transportation to the Wildlife Refuge and although it was raining when they left, the Refuge was relatively dry and sunny.
Participants learned about operating their cameras in a lecture-style presentation and were able to ask questions from our experienced instructor, Annick. She has previously taught photography classes at DMACC and enjoys to share her passion with the participants in the Momentum program. After discussion and a quick tutorial, they set out to capture the butterflies that had stopped on the grounds of the Wildlife Refuge during their great migration! This workshop quickly became such a magical experience and will definitely become an annual workshop that Momentum will offer.