In 2001, the New Mexico Children, Youth & Families Department brought the expression “a picture is worth a thousand words” to life at the nation’s first Heart Gallery exhibit. The reception drew crowds of people inspired by stirring portraits of children who were dreaming of finding their “forever families.”
In 2005, a Parade magazine article about the project inspired two Capital Region women to bring the concept to our region, and the Capital Region Heart Gallery was born. The founders recruited many partners in the effort – staff and photographers from The Times Union, staff from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, and The Capital Region Adoption & Foster Care Consortium. The first exhibit opened in November 2005 at the South Concourse of the New York’s Empire State Plaza. Over the years, the exhibit has traveled across the Capital Region, showcasing some of the most special children in our area, in the hopes of finding “forever families” for them.
Very special thanks go out to our current photographers: Ethan Korotzer, Mary Jane Protus and Ashley Meade, as well as celebrity Photographer Paul Lange, all of whom have volunteered countless hours to get that “perfect shot” of each child. We cannot thank you enough for your service!