About SalaamGarage: SalaamGarage works with artists and entrepreneurs to tell stories of people’s lives that aren’t always heard. We are media makers that build relationships with nonprofits and the courageous individuals they serve. From there we create and share independent media projects that raise awareness and initiate positive change engaging social communities on–and offline. Our Projects have been presented at TEDx, Ignite, Microsoft, South by Southwest, Web 2.0, SPE, The Huffington Post, and many other media outlets.

Inspiration for this project: A few years ago, we learned about the nation’s 27,000 youth who annually age-out of foster care and nearly 40% of them are homeless. We were not ok with that. We wanted to meet some of these people and hear their stories, so we collaborated with some foster care agencies in Seattle who gave us access to people who’ve aged out. Now we need your help to share their stories.

While presenting “The Long Road Home: Ageing Out of Foster Care” at SPE Northwest 2014, members of The Art Institute of Seattle’s photography department unanimously agreed to host the project’s first exhibition. Additionally The Art Institute and ASMP Seattle has committed their PR team to produce and distribute all press releases and marketing materials to their already existing mailing lists, and these are vast audiences. This is an amazing opportunity to inspire fellow artists and institutions in Seattle to engage in social documentary work with their own communities.

We want to build our exhibition and ensure their voices are heard. With your contribution, SalaamGarage can showcase the strength and dignity of these dynamic individuals and give volume to their stories!

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