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If you live in Santa Barbara you might want to check out the new Heart Gallery show, which opened yesterday at the Brooks Institute Cota Street Gallery. Sponsored by the Brooks Institute and the Santa Barbara County Child Welfare Services, Heart Gallery is a traveling display of photographs of kids either placed in foster families or currently awaiting foster care. The idea, according to Heart Gallery director Russ McConnell, is “to raise community consciousness about the children in need in our community.” Local professional photographers take the images, and Printroom donated printing services.

It is a very cool project for a very important cause; according to the Heart Gallery website, there are currently 922 kids under the jurisdiction of Child Welfare Services in Santa Barbara County, and the number is increasing each year. Heart Gallery hopes that by displaying these images, they will transform a problem from mere statistics to actual faces. And overall it is a nice example of photographers using their craft to do good deeds. The exhibit will be on display at the Cota Street Gallery (27 East Cota Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101) through November 21 and then travels to various events around the area. If you can’t make it out, you can also check out the images here, and get more information at www.sbheartgallery.org. (Photo Credits: Christy Schuler and Russ Mcconnell)
— Lori Fredrickson
Assistant Editor