What is the Heart Gallery?
The Heart Gallery is a traveling photographic and audio exhibit created to find forever families for children in foster care. The Heart Gallery of America is a collaborative project of over 120 Heart Galleries across the United States designed to increase the number of adoptive families for children needing homes in our community.
Now, in its twelfth year, the Heart Gallery model is being replicated in many communities across the country. Although many of our children were removed from abusive and neglectful situations, they still have hope. They love to laugh, to learn, and to be with their friends. Most of all, they dream of finding a forever family to be their own.
Photos That Change People's Lives
Video courtesy of Children’s Board Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay and No Off Switch Productions
There are nearly 400,000 children in foster care in the United States.
Over 101,000 need adoptive homes right now.
More than 25,000 age out of foster care every year, at age 18 without
anyone, to live on their own, unprepared and unsupported.
Can you change the life of a waiting child?
Can you adopt? Can you foster? Or maybe you can start a Heart Gallery or volunteer for one?
The Short Term 12 Project!
Producers of the movie Short Term 12 have launched the Short Term 12 Project, a national art initiative that explores the themes in the movie through the creative work of fans and supporters.
The film is about forgiveness, rebirth, and the many shapes that family, home, and love can take.
The project aims to illustrate the diversity of these common human experiences through the transformative power of art.
All of the characters in the film use various forms of art to express themselves when words just aren’t enough: Grace draws, Mason cooks, Jayden writes stories, and Marcus makes music.
In partnership with Heart Gallery of America, Foster Club, and Children’s Action Network, the project is inviting individuals to create and share drawings, paintings, photographs, or other creative expressions, based on some of the themes of SHORT TERM 12.
To start, they’d like to explore a topic at the heart of the film: Home.
However you choose to interpret “Home” is entirely up to you—they welcome different perspectives and outside-of-the-box ideas!
Any and all who wish to contribute to the Short Term 12 Project are encouraged to submit.
The hope is that this online exhibition will become a sustainable forum for thoughtful discussion and positive support.
HOW TO SUBMIT: Check out the submission instructions, HERE.