BY KEVIN KLEVJER
Members of Artist Reformation have been collaborating with SalaamGarage for over 2 years to share stories of those who have aged out of the foster care system in the greater Seattle area. Our goal is to honor these men and women by sharing their stories, as well as to raise awareness about how the foster system desperately needs reform. Currently, as foster kids turn 18, they are kicked out of their homes, very often without receiving any preparation for life after 17. It is common for them to come from homes of abuse and neglect. 1 in 5 teens aged out of foster care ends up homeless, and 1 in 4 ends up incarcerated. Many women who age out into homelessness end up in the sex trade industry. Our desire is to see these patterns stop with more (both in quantity and quality) foster parents starting to foster and to have more parents adopting these kids.
On May 1st, after raising financial gifts through a successful Kickstarter campaign, we had the privilege of sharing 8 stories of people who have aged out of foster care in our area through a multi-media exhibition. It was so amazing to see so many generously give to help make this exhibition a reality!
Please come and check out opening night of our exhibition in it's new location, the 220 & Change building - home of Impact Hub Seattle where we hung a previous art installation, "Captured In a Net," for our work with The Overflow Project.
When: first Thursday's of the month during the Pioneer Square Art Walk from 5pm-9pm - starting July 3rd, our opening night, through Sept 1st
Where: the 220 & Change building - 220 2nd Ave S Seattle, WA 98104
Who: all are invited to these free events
Facebook Event Link: http://on.fb.me/TC0T2x - Invite your friends and family!
Thank you, again, to all of those who were able to show your support through serving, giving, and/or attending. We hope to see all of you July 3rd for opening night at our new location! To find out more about this ongoing project or to get involved with SalaamGarage in Seattle, visit HERE.