Austin Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) this month launched the “The Heart Gallery,” a new airport display aimed at building awareness for the number of foster children looking for permanent families.

The installation is part of the Partnerships for Children Heart Gallery series for Central Texas, which aims to raise awareness and inspire action from those seeking to grow their families.

The display features professional portraits of children who are currently in the foster care system along with a piece of their own artwork next to their photo. A QR code will be available for passengers passing by to scan and learn more about the children and their life stories, and hopefully inspire the first step in adopting or supporting children in foster care.

“This work is so important and I think hosting The Heart Gallery at AUS, the fastest-growing medium-sized airport in the country, increases the opportunities for these kids and can inspire action in so many ways,” said Cory Hurless, AUS arts, music, and graphics program manager. “We see an average of over 20,000 people come through the terminal each day. The chances of someone passing by the children and their artwork are high, and I’m hopeful that someone along their travels will learn more about a child and realize they could be their forever family too.”

Passengers can find The Heart Gallery in the Jollyville Art Gallery located near Gate 21 and Amy’s Ice Cream at the Barbara Jordan Terminal