16th Annual Celebration Day

Saturday, February 15, 2014, 10 am - 7 pm

Iowa's African American Festival

An exciting festival celebrating I"ll Make Me a World in Iowa's  status as the first major festival of the year; the kickoff to Black History Month; the home of Iowa's newest official state song (titled I'll Make Me a World in Iowa's; and as the inspiration for other major ethnic festivals with over 15,000 projected attendance.


2014 Festival Headliner

Anthony Anderson

Actor, Comedian, Host

Anthony Anderson is recently starred in NBC's Emmy Award-winning drama "Law & Order."  Anderson played Dective Kevin Bernard oppicit Jeremy Sisto as Dective Cyrus Lupo.  Anderson has appeared in over 20 films and starred in NBC's "Guys With Kids" sit-com and the New Orleans-based drama "K-Ville."  He also appeared in Dream Works' blockbuster "Transformers," as well as in Martin Scorsee's Oscar winning feature, "The Departed."

About Us


I'll Make Me a World in Iowa is one of central Iowa's premiere arts and cultural organizations offering world-class event. The award winning project, which has become a community cornerstone, targets educating all Iowans about Black culture.

Embracing Excellence Gala
Friday Evening, February 14, 2014, 7pm
A Formal Affair

The majestic cultural affair begins as guests arrive fashionably elegant and prepared for the red-carpet treatment that they are about to receive.  As a gesture of welcome members of the Advisory Board will honor each guest with the placing of this years commemorative kente cloth scarves over the shoulder.


Education Day
Friday, February 14, 2014, 9 am - 2 pm

A Day of Enrichment

Hundreds of high and middle school students come together from across Iowa to learn about African American Culture. Education Day is a golden opportunity to enrich social studies, world history, world cultures or government classes.

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Contact Information

I'll Make Me A World In Iowa Inc

Address: 1620 Pleasant, Suite 210
Des Moines, IA 50314
Phone: 515-288-7171
E-mail: bettycandrews@yahoo.com