Reflections on the Public Opening of FYM

Reflections on the Public Opening of Foster Youth Museum

By Jamie Lee Evans, Co-director

My heart won’t stop racing and my head can’t calm itself long enough for me to explain or understand why I have found myself in near or complete tears since the public opening of Foster Youth Museum. Is it something about being seen? Is it pride or exhaustion at the culmination of a long project? Is it expectation and hope that Lost Childhoods will open hearts in a way that can have a new and lasting impact on foster youth?

I felt weak in the knees during our opening, particularly when I talked about the history of the Museum and how it started during a curriculum jam session with six other former foster youth. I feel so much gratitude when I recall sitting among this group of former foster youth who were constructing answers to the problems that broke our hearts and spirits as children, to be actively working to right wrongs that had cost us so much.

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Foster Youth Museum Presents First Public Exhibit: Lost Childhoods

For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Annie Gardiner / annie@greenpenguincomm.com / 510.339.1363
Media Preview: Thursday, March 5, 5:00 PM

Foster Youth Museum Presents First Public Exhibit:  Lost Childhoods
March 6 – March 29, 2015
Exhibition Location: Warehouse 416, 416 26th Street, Oakland, CA
First Friday: Friday, March 6, 6:00-10:00 PM

Lost Childhoods ExhibitFebruary 19, 2015 – Oakland, CA – Foster Youth Museum presents a groundbreaking exhibit about youth experiences in foster care. Through photos, donated objects, video portraits, and foster youth art, Lost Childhoods tells the story of loss and powerlessness – and the human capacity for resilience and connection.

Visitors may be surprised by some of the artifacts that youth have chosen to save and share, from the hefty case reports that follow foster youth from placement to placement, to letters from incarcerated loved ones. In the words of contributor, Sophia Herman, “It’s so important for foster youth to have documentation of their experiences. Lost Childhoods validates our existence.”

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Lost Childhoods Exhibit Previews

Lost Childhoods Exhibit Previews at Fundraiser for Foster Care Counts

Assembled for a private donor event in Beverly Hills, CA, Lost Childhoods made a quiet, yet powerful, debut on Wednesday, November 19, 2014. In the words of Winnie Wechsler, executive director of the Anthony & Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation, “Lost Childhoods is a truly moving, gripping exhibit, and we were proud to be able to expose so many to a unique appreciation for what it’s like to be in foster care.”

An exhibit of Foster Youth Museum, Lost Childhoods is a groundbreaking look at youth experiences in foster care—and beyond. A compilation of photos, donated objects, videos,and foster youth art, the exhibit tells the story of loss and powerlessness – and the human capacity for resilience and connection.

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