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Nonprofit Overview

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

30 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I just really enjoyed the pictures. I enjoyed the colors and the stories that they told. Please come back.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

For Love & Art is a breath of fresh air. I really enjoyed this presentation. I love art, it takes my mind off of everything. I loved today’s show, with all the Indians. I used to date an Indian back in high school. It also reminded me of Arizona, where I spent a large part of my life. Your show was beautiful and brought back so many fond memories. I'll bring a friend the next time you come.

On a scale of 1 to 5, I’d rate this about 6.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

​After watching this show, my heart is filled with gratitude and joy. I guess what they say is true...a thing of beauty is a joy to behold! Thank you for visiting with us today.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was lucky enough to travel all over Europe with my beloved husband during my life, and these artworks brought back many fond memories. I'm looking forward to you coming back again!