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Causes: Arts & Culture, Visual Arts

Mission: Why? For Love & Art believes that viewing art unleashes powerful, creative and unique experiences for people and that sharing these experiences greatly elevates quality of life psychosocially, cognitively, spiritually and physically. How? For Love & Art partners with the community outreach programs of fine museums around the world and showcases their collections individually, (Virtual Museum ArtBooks), or in group presentations ("Courting the Art Experience"). Professional and volunteer caregivers actively engage participants to reflect, recollect and share their experiences while viewing museum masterpieces. Fear, loneliness and boredom transform into beauty, joy and magic of life. What? For Love & Art is a 501(c)3 nonprofit enterprise whose mission is to bring the Art Experience to people with limited mobility. Simply, we use museum art to "love on" people.

Results: As of October 30, 2016: Partnered with 20 fine museums around the world. Gave over 200 "Courting the Art Experience" group presentations to senior communities. Placed 265 Virtual Museum ArtBooks as memorial gifts in hospices, hospitals and senior venues. Trained over 400 caregivers. Touched over 20,000 individuals.

Target demographics: People with Limited Mobility: Seniors, the sick and infirm, those with end of life issues. People in hospitals, predominantly children and veterans.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Patients, residents and caregivers in VA Hospitals in various cities, Senior Communities, Hospitals

Geographic areas served: Senior Communities and Hospitals all over the world.

Programs: "Courting the Art Experience" An hour long program during which residents of senior communities are engaged by volunteers to share their experience while viewing masterpieces from our partner museums on big screen community televisions. Fear, loneliness and boredom transform into Beauty, Joy and Magic of Life! Virtual Museum ArtBook Endowment: An individual or group fundraises $750.00 & chooses an eligible healthcare facility (hospice, hospital, VA Medical Center) to endow a Virtual Museum ArtBook in memory of a chosen other. The perfect memorial gift that brings art and what art provides - mind, body and soul - to the infirm at the grassroots.

Community Stories

87 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I came into this room, I was sad, gloomy, depressed and tired. Halfway through, my mood dramatically shifted and i became, well, … like I was beautiful and happy! It’s like the sun came out on me and cleared up all the clouds!

I especially liked “The Rose Garden.” Maybe I’ll get to go to the Crystal Bridges Museum someday.

– Tammy

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is so different from other things we do here, and it really makes you think! The mothers and children of Mary Cassatt are my favorites.

I especially like hearing what other residents think about the art. Yes, we often had different ideas, but I didn’t realize we had so much in common.

– Jackie

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Matt Harris and I am currently a Volunteer Caregiver with For Love & Art who leads presentations.

Through this organization I have not only been given one of the greatest opportunities of my life but I have learned that through Art, you can create happiness in others. I have also been fortunate enough to experience this happiness with others while leading these presentations.

"For Love & Art" allows volunteers like myself to not only interact with several groups of people that we normally are not able to communicate with but it also provides an opportunity to better your verbal and nonverbal communication skills. On top of all of that, since this is a nationwide organization, it is positively effecting people in every corner of this great nation and it still continues to grow, meaning that there are several more volunteer opportunities.

As for those who do not know anything about "For Love & Art", the mission of this great organization is below as well as the website in which I urge you to at least take a look at:

For Love & Art brings the Art Experience to those with limited mobility. For Love & Art is in the business of healing, rejuvenating and ‘dusting’ broken spirits – even if just for a little while – through simple human love, digital technology and the preternatural power of art…
https://www.forloveandart.org/

Lastly, I would like to thank Mark Lombard as well as anyone else who brought life to "For Love & Art". Because of this, life has been brought back to so many others and I will help out in any way possible in order to see this organization continue growing.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’m just a good old boy from a small town about 40 miles south of Amarillo and really like when you come around. I never got to visit museums growing up and didn’t know what I was missing. I never really thought I’d like art, but it sure is beautiful and gives me something to think about for days afterwards. Hearing what other folks think and feel about the pictures show me parts of myself I never recognized before. I reckon we’re not that much different after all.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I found myself completely engaged in your presentation and couldn't share enough about what I was experiencing in the moment. It sparked so many memories! It was not only beautiful, but had me remember that life is beautiful and to count my blessings. I am interested in volunteering with your organization. On a scale of 1 - 5, I rate this a "12!"
-Cathy

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have four words for this presentation: Beautiful! Wonderful! Magic! Perfect!
-Micki R.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This project is really marvelous! I get how you express a feeling through paint and canvas...after you showed the mountaintop, I had the feeling of freedom!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been a minister for over 30 years. Sitting and watching this program gave me the same sense as leading my religious tours through the Holy Land...the sense of beauty and awe these paintings brought forth. Before witnessing it firsthand, I was skeptical about how it enriches the soul. Now I completely agree. Top marks for your efforts. God bless you.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Mark Lombard is a genius for creating this program. My father is in a home for patients with dementia but has been an avid art appreciator and artist his whole life. This program provides him the opportunity to relive the works that he has seen in person and learn about those he has not. For others who may not have experienced art firsthand, it takes them to a place of beauty, beyond their day-to-day existence. Art can also create connections, not only with the images, but with the community of people who looking at it. In addition to being visually stimulating, it is also emotionally engaging. So grateful that this program is being used in my dad's home.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I loved every bit of this presentation. It was telling us about the heritage of the Indians and I got quite enthused about how the Indians were living and how they rode their horses. And I especially like the painting of "The Pony Express." I am so glad the Sid Richardson Museum in Fort Worth became part of this project because I'd never be able to get to see these beautiful paintings on my own.

On a scale of 1-5, I'd give this project a 7.