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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

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

4 Connie Claire W.

Donor

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to visit with Mark Lombard as he shared this Digital art book with residents of a nursing home. Each senior was touched deeply and appeared to "come alive" as they were introduced to the Masters. An Art book should be in every nursing home, VA hospital, Hospice and school in the world! And Mark should be cloned!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

For Love and Art came from the imagination of Mark Lombard. He wanted to bring the art work of the Great Masters to those who are homebound. A dream of my mother's was to travel to Museums once my father retired. Unfortunately he had a stroke that affected his mind. He spent time in a nursing home. Having a digital art book, my mother and he were able to "travel" without leaving the home. Once he passed the book was donated to the Nursing Home in my parents' memory so others could enjoy it. If you have, or have had a loved one confined to home, a nursing home, a VA, group home or even hospice, consider donating a book in their honor or memory. Consider giving one to a school so children can see the work of the Masters in a medium so much more vibrant than in a regular book. This organization is caring and well run. I would recommend it to everyone.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The experience of being able to give Covenant Hospice such a beautiful donation in my brother Doug Newcombe's honor was unbelievable. The " For Love of Art" art book was so well received. The various art galleries drew "oohs and ahs" from everyone. When the presentation was over, there wasn't a dry eye in the room.

The whole experience brought me closer to Doug. I felt like we were kids again and just talking on the beach. I could hear his jokes interspersed within the ceremony. Doug's spirit was definitely in the room. He was laughing but pleased, that this was all in his honor.

In my 57 yrs, this was one of the most spiritual moments I have encountered. It truly was awesome.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Imagine, you, the younger, running the tidal beaches, frolicking among the waves, the sun growing weary on your youthful shoulders, the world as new and fresh and interesting and unending as the longest days of summer. Imagine, you, the parent, chasing children over green grass, laughing, hair flying, happy in unending days of independence. The places you've been, the sights you've seen, the toil and labor and love and heartache and joy experienced and the years you've earned.
Imagine, you, the senior, living among others met with the similar fate of growing old. Living now with youthful years behind you, yet it is the body that grows old, not the desire for joy and love and beauty. You, the senior, can be taken away on a train of memories, drawn one at a time from the bank of the world held in your hands, a world as wondrous and awe-inspiring as the days of your youth. You are transported from your confines and back into the realm of wonder, allowing yourself to play within the new world of wonder, your imagination running wild, inspired, reflecting on the worlds at your fingertips, safe, sound, not forgotten. No one should be forgotten. No one should be without the chance to behold that which may be unexploredly new, or as comfortable as an old friend, a painting, a recreation of a point of time, a recollection of days gone by or those as yet to be seen, inexplicably intricate and detailed as you delve deeper, or as serene and simple as a passing white cloud.

That is what you hold in your hands. You look at a collection of the world's most exquisite artistic renderings in a magical book, up close, closer than an ordinary gallery patron is allowed to be and you realize you are a cherished person. Someone has cared enough to let you grasp, again, the wonders of the world.

1 Joyce23

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I was told about this organization and its mission statement I thought..."BRILLIANT IDEA" i work with some senior citizens and whether its a disablility, lack of energy or a transportation issue these Virtual Art Books provide hours of enjoyment to seniors who otherwise would not have access to artwork that they were once able to admire ina gallery or musuem.

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Donor

Rating: 5

When I heard about this organization I thought...what a fantastic idea!!! For Love and Art is so smart, they bring the art museum to people that can no longer get there on their own.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I miss my dearly departed mother more days than not. The world continues despite my grief. While mom was alive, I was moved profoundly by the hospice which navigated her final days. Memories of my mom burst into my life without pretense or forethought. At those time, I find great comfort in the art book which continues the journey in her name. Her grand spirit lives on.

Consider an artbook for your local hospice. Assuage your grief. Help all the healers on their past, present and future journeys.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We bought a book in honor of my mother for the hospice that took such exquisite care of her. She was a purveyor of joy, and this book mirrors that characteristic. It is so comforting to know her spirit will live on forever.

Sue_95

Donor

Rating: 5

Mark Lombard's idea was simple. If the hospice patient can't go to the art museum, bring the art museum to the hospice patient. Why not? The best art museums in the country agreed with him. How? By donating high resolution photos of their most valuable paintings to be shown in digital tablets called Art Books. A hospice volunteer visits the patient to share the Art Book; Mark calls it "the art experience." And that's where the power and magic come in. For the length of the visit, the patient's world turns from ordinary into glorious color and the spirit is unbound by the size of the room or everyday aches and discomforts. In one afternoon Mark's visionary "art experience" took me out of my grief after my husband died, inspiring me to share this joy of seeing the world through artists' eyes. I was a volunteer who became a donor. The Art Book donated in honor of my late husband began its service in training volunteers at a VA hospital.

1 Greg38

Donor

Rating: 5

As someone who's uncle is an admirer of art paintings and drawings I could've not think of being more proud of a man who had a bright idea in which he would go on an adventure visiting museums which behold the great works of art and think who could I share is with then came the idea of starting a project in which seniors who felt alone down sad and lonely at times would share the experience with such love and passion of art that it showed the true meaning of wat life art and love meant seeing the drawlings and paintings the for love and art project showed seniors that art paintings can being the enrichment of happyness to seniors lifes bringing the art to them when they couldn't go to museums really shows the great passion of careing for the beloved seniors the joyful ness they give the careness it delivers and the true meaning of wat the great works of art mean to them and the love that comes with it in there own life's from the great world works of art.