Background & Mission
In 2001, the first Heart Gallery was organized in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The idea was simple: To have talented photographers create inspiring portraits of children and sibling groups who were waiting for adoption. By sharing the portraits in the community, founder Diane Granito hoped to build awareness and create more opportunities for adoption. The first Heart Gallery exhibit was an exciting success, attracting more than 1,200 visitors and facilitating the adoption of six waiting children.
Just one year later, adoptive parent and photography enthusiast Gay Larson founded the Waiting Child Heart Gallery of Oklahoma. It was the second Heart Gallery in the nation, and today it is one of more than 80 across the United States.
Through its online gallery, traveling exhibit and partnerships with KTUL-Channel 8, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids and Oklahoma Department of Human Services, the Waiting Child Heart Gallery of Oklahoma has helped find forever families for more than ## Oklahoma children.
The mission of the Waiting Child Heart Gallery of Oklahoma is to use the power of photography to raise awareness, inspire communities and recruit adoptive families for Oklahoma’s waiting children.
Oklahoma Heart Gallery
5800 South Lewis, Suite 154
Tulsa, OK 74105
Gay Larson, Executive Director
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