Children’s Trust Miami Heart Gallery photo shoot
is serving as a backdrop for the next photo shoot of The
Children’s Trust Miami Heart Gallery on Monday, June 24.
The Heart Gallery is a web-based exhibit featuring children
that are available for adoption from Miami-Dade’s foster care system. A few years back, you may remember that the Windisch-Hunt Gallery featured the exhibit a few times. This is one photo shoot at the Windisch-Hunt Gallery in 2008.
So on Monday, between 9 am and 4 pm, a team of award winning, professional photographers will shoot at least 25 portraits. Numerous makeup artists and hairstylists donate
their time and talent; and video crews record interviews with each child for
posting online along with their written bio and photograph at www.miamiheartgallery.org.
The production on Monday will be headquartered at the
offices of the Coconut Grove Arts Festival at the Mayfair Atrium (by the Bull sculpture) and in adjacent,
vacant retail space donated by Mayfair Shops. The photo shoots will take place in
and around Coconut Grove including Dinner Key Marina, CocoWalk, Green Street
Café, Peacock Garden Café, Monty’s Raw Bar, MayFair Hotel in the Grove, Mayfair
Shops, Barnacle Historical State Park, Sonesta BayFront Hotel and The Kampong
National Tropical Botanical Garden, among others. The production coincides with
a rebranding of the initiative around artwork created by Maria Reyes Jones,
a previous Coconut Grove Arts Festival poster artist.
“Few people remember that back in the 1950s Coconut Grove was a
thriving haven for artists, so it’s wonderful to see Coconut Grove at the
epicenter of a fusion of fine art, photography, and contemporary web design for
a purpose today that is significantly more meaningful than just art for art’s
sake,” said Monty Trainer, President of the Coconut Grove Arts Festival.
The Children’s Trust Miami Heart Gallery is a partnership between
The Children’s Trust and Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe, Inc., the local lead
agency for child welfare in Miami and the Keys. According to the state of
Florida, more than 1,500 foster children are eligible for adoption in Florida
and approximately 150 of them live in Miami-Dade. These children have been
removed from their biological parents for reasons of neglect or abuse with no
possibility of family reunification. Approximately half of the children who have
been featured in The Children’s Trust Miami Heart Gallery since 2009 have
either been adopted or are in the process of being adopted.
“It’s wonderful to see how many children have found forever
families because of The Miami Heart Gallery,” said Charles Auslander, Interim
President and CEO of The Children’s Trust. “Foster care is meant to be
temporary, but oftentimes circumstances extend it to much longer than it
should, so for these children, loving, permanent homes are exactly what they
need to thrive and feel secure.”
The Children’s Trust Miami Heart Gallery is modeled after the
first Heart Gallery that launched in 2001 in New Mexico at the suggestion of a
Santa Fe photographer and adoptive mother. The Children’s Trust Miami Heart
Gallery can be seen at www.miamiheartgallery.org. The new portraits will be uploaded by late summer. Anyone
interested in learning more about adopting a foster child should call Our Kids
at 305-455-2563 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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