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LOUD: Living Our Unique Dreams

Recently, a young woman approached us about wanting to create a group for others like herself who are struggling with a mental health issue and need a safe space to express themselves. She already had a mission but she needed a safe space to make her vision happen.
Cherelle will be launching her new club LOUD this Saturday January 6, at 3pm at the Momentum Studio. LOUD stands for Living Our Unique Dreams. We are happy to support such a creative and driven young lady to lead a group of her peers.
Please share with your friends and family. This group will launch this Saturday, January 6 at 3pm, but plans to meet regularly every 4th Saturday of the month at 3pm. I would be happy to answer any questions. Here is Cherelle’s vision for LOUD

Mission – We are LOUD about our dreams and our visions of our self. Being loud we are not silent about our passion for creativity in every sense of the word. You no longer have to be silent about your vision here in this group feel free to be bold and live out Loud

About LOUD – Loud will be a safe haven for a group of passionate, vibrant writer’s of all kinds. If you write poetry, song lyrics, non fiction ,play writers whatever your passion we love it and embrace it. We will have open Mic nights some will sing their songs others will share their poems. Some will do both. Also I want people who write plays to have projects too like put on plays that they have written I will help anyway I can. I also want to work on a web series so any one who knows videography can come along. I will also be making Tshirts so others will know who we are and we will sell them to raise money for our projects. Bottom line this will be our family. Loud stands for Living Our Unique Dreams. Lets do it together

Mission Statement-We are Loud about Change,passion,and purpose.

Creator-Cherelle Evans

Happy Holidays!

We have had some really fun workshops this year! Our last two were even SOLD OUT.

There are so many exciting opportunities happening at Community Support Advocates and we cannot wait for 2018! There have been a lot of changes over the course of the year, some pretty big ones. We are dedicated to maintain a creative connection with our community through Momentum and we would like to hear your suggestions! Are there any specific workshops that you would like to see happening or do you have any questions about our services? Speak up and let us know how we can better serve you. Our goal is to grow and  develop meaningful workshops that can inspire our artists. We need everyone’s feedback in order to continue to make our program better!

Check out our new flyer for next years workshops & choose your next adventure for 2018!

2018 Workshop Flyer

Thanks & Giving

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 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

Momentum Studio Grand Opening November 9th from 4-7pm

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.

Our Photography Workshop Was Amazing!

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.

Check out our upcoming workshops HERE:

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