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ACAA Announces the Exhibition of Pennsylvania Heart Gallery for Adoption at PIT


PITTSBURGH, PA (May 8, 2009) – The Allegheny County Airport Authority announces a new art exhibit at Pittsburgh International Airport called the Pennsylvania Heart Gallery, a traveling photo exhibit of children up for adoption from across the state. The exhibit will be on display through May 22 in the baggage claim area of the airport, near the escalators.

The Heart Gallery is a project of the Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN). This year’s gallery features more than 40 Pennsylvania children currently waiting to find a permanent family. Two of the children, eight-year-old Dontae and 11-year-old Brandon, are from the Pittsburgh area. The exhibit travels from place to place within the state every few weeks. This is a way for a wide audience to see the amazing kids looking for families and to get information about adopting in Pennsylvania.

“As it travels across the state, the Heart Gallery provides an ideal opportunity for visitors to learn more about our children,” said Secretary of Public Welfare Estelle B. Richman. “As you read the wonderful stories about each child, you’ll find that many of them are simply searching for a permanent place to call home and for that reason, we encourage all Pennsylvanians to consider opening their hearts and homes to a child in need.”

“The Allegheny County Airport Authority coordinates the Art in the Airport Program. The program includes rotating exhibitions such as the Heart Gallery. We are pleased to help SWAN promote adoption in this creative and unique way. The images of these children are filled with energy and warmth in a way that creates a connection with anyone who spend a few minutes at the gallery,” explained JoAnn Jenny, Director, Communications, Allegheny County Airport Authority. If you are getting off an arriving flight and picking up your bags or coming to the airport to pick someone up, you should take a few minutes to enjoy this exhibit.

Pennsylvania photographers donated their time and services to create portraits for the gallery. Each child’s photo is accompanied by a detailed profile including information about his or her interests, personality and dreams.

For more information about the Pennsylvania Heart Gallery, the children waiting to be adopted, or to view the exhibit’s itinerary, visit


May 07, 2009