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Karah Shaffer

Executive Director, Facing Change: Documenting America (FCDA)

Karah Shaffer is an American multimedia visual artist, producer, and curator working within the realms of photography, film, and multimedia production. Karah is executive director of Facing Change: Documenting America (FCDA). Created by photojournalists in 2009, FCDA is a 501c-3 non-profit addressing our era of great challenges in the United States through photographs and narratives, in collaboration with the Library of Congress. Her work has been featured in The Detroit Free Press, The New York Times, NPR, KCRW, The Atlantic, and other publications. She has produced films, multimedia works, installations, and events which have exhibited around the US. She has coordinated projects for the Bronx Documentary Center, including the 2013 Portfolio Review. Karah is a Creative Visions Creative Activist Program alumni, and a Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow. Shaffer co-founded, organized and launched Documenting DETROIT, a pilot project of FCDA. The program is Detroit's first-ever documentary photography fellowship, pairing emerging photographers with award-winning media content creators to produce human-centered stories recasting the narrative of Detroit. The Documenting DETROIT Project is a winner of a $150,000 2017 Knight Arts Challenge grant, and a 2019 National Endowment of the Arts $30,000 ArtWorks Visual Art grant.