First, there were a few Heart Gallery exhibits
Robin and Dave Penn helped launch the Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay, a museum quality photography exhibit featuring foster children available for adoption, in 2004 when Dave was president of the children’s museum there and he and Robin adopted the first two children featured in the exhibit. Arthur and Jack, their sons, were 5 and 9 then. Robin and Dave went on to help a group of volunteers also create the Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco (counties in Florida, including the cities of Clearwater, St. Petersburg, New Port Richey, and Dade City).
These exhibits tour mostly at museums, malls, and government buildings.
They usually feature 75 foster children available for adoption. Many are adopted within a year or soon after the exhibit tours.
Now, there are 82 Heart Gallery exhibits across the U.S.
Imagine if Heart Gallery Films
- Can Include Stories Told by Foster Youth
- Were Created in Part by Foster Youth
- Provided Mentors for Foster Youth among Award-winning Filmmakers
- Help Reach More People through Films presented in Theatres, Television, and through Social Media
- Can Feature more Foster Youth
- Can Lead to More Foster Youth Matched with Forever Families through Adoption
- Can Lead to More Volunteers and Donors Helping to give to Foster Youth to experience what it is like to have a Birthday Party, Participate in After School Arts and Science Activities, Sports and Recreation Activities, Receive Tutoring, and Much More.