Collaborative Community Art Exhibits:
A Powerful Platform for Raising Community Awareness and Taking Action

CWDA Conference/Symposium Presentation

This session is an exhibition about foster youth through Lost Childhoods: Voice of Santa Cruz County Foster Youth and the Foster Youth Museum showcase the stories, struggles, and triumphs of youth who are aging out of foster care.

You will see personal belongings of foster youth, stunning photography, and art installations foster youth created. This session will reveal what happens in foster care and concrete ways to support child welfare today. This is more than a moving exhibition – it is a powerful platform for dialogue and action in Santa Cruz County. It identifies a model for raising awareness and community engagement on critical social issues where you’ll learn how to bring the voice of those with lived experience to engage with the community to increase understanding of this important topic.


  • Ellen Timberlake, Director, County of Santa Cruz Human Services
  • Department
  • Nina Simon, Executive Director, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History
  • Mateo Mossey, Former Foster Youth

Download the Collaborative Art Exhibits Presentation