Foster Youth Museum and CSUMB present LOST CHILDHOODS: Unofficial Stories

latrenda_garbage_bagPhoto Credit: Latrenda, 2015, Giclee Print by Ray Bussolari

A new exhibition opens at the CSUMB Salinas Center for Arts and culture on Friday, February 2 from 5 -9 pm. The Center is located at 1 Main Street, Salinas, CA.

This event is free and open to the public. The opening will be hosted by CSUMB Guardian Scholars.

What challenges did you face when you turned 18? Or 21? For the more than 5,000 youth who age out of California’s foster care system each year, this transition is especially difficult. Without support of family, these young people struggle to avoid homelessness, hunger, victimization and loneliness. They seek a home, employment, education, community, health and stability.

Where should they live during college breaks? Who can they call when the car breaks down? What happens when they get sick? Challenges like these can change the course of an already fragile life. One simple set-back can cause a snowball effect of stress and complications.

Some undocumented youth live on their own or with any family that will take them in. They are in unofficial care, without government support.  Foster Youth – official and unofficial – have important stories. Their stories– of loss and resilience, adversity and empowerment—are important and inspiring.

marcy_tattooPhoto Credit: Marcy, 2015, Giclee Print by Ray Bussolari

That’s why we created an exhibition with and about system involved and unofficial foster youth. We partnered with 18-25 year olds to tell their stories and share their creativity.

In this exhibition, you will meet young people from across our county and our state. You’ll hear their stories and learn how you can take action to support foster youth in Monterey County.

The exhibition features photography and objects from the Foster Youth Museum, retablos created by ‘unoffiicial’ foster youth of Salinas, a video created in collaboration with Hijos del Sol Arts and Cinematic Arts Students, and self portraits created by Monterey County foster youth.

The exhibition will offer viewers the opportunity to take action to help support foster youth.

This exhibition is collaboration among the California Youth Connection, Foster Youth Museum, Hijos del Sol Arts Productions, Epicenter, CSUMB Guardian Scholars, Kinship Center and Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History with support from the county of Monterey.

On Friday, February second, the center will also host:

12 -2 pm Music Recital and Master Class with Matt Welch

5 – 7 pm free arts workshops for families with Hijos del Sol Arts Productions

7 – 9 pm Peña Cultural Open mic – music and poetry

5- 9 pm Exhibition opening and tours of the exhibition conducted by former and current foster youth artists.

The Stories from Salinas exhibition will also be open at that time.

 

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