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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

100 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

"I thought this presentation was spectacular and words cannot adequately express what I feel inside. I'd give you much more than 5 stars for this wonderful and thought-provoking project." – Bonnie

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We have been using our For Love and Art Tablet for more than a year and we love it! It's so gratifying to watch our patients lose themselves in wonder over the beauty of the paintings and then begin to travel back in time to a memory that brings them comfort and joy. What a marvelous resource!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

“You always bring so much love into this community. God bless you!” – Dru

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Client Served

Rating: 5

“I never thought I would enjoy looking at art so much. I didn’t talk much, but I sure looked and listened and learned a thing or two.” – Art

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Client Served

Rating: 5

“Takes me back to all those trips my husband and I went on seeing this great country. My, such good memories! I hope you come back soon.” – Marian

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Client Served

Rating: 5

“This is probably my favorite activity at our community. I love expressing my opinion and hearing what others have to say. We want you to stay all day!” – Nina

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Client Served

Rating: 5

“As my great-granddaughter would say, these paintings are ‘beautimous!’ Thank you, For Love & Art!" – Joy

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Client Served

Rating: 5

“As an artist myself, I love to explore the works of great artists - and even those I never heard of. Every painting you showed took us on a great adventure. And we didn’t have to leave the comfort of our home here.

" – Fran

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a hospice volunteer, my job as I see it is to generate strong, loving relationships with people facing the end of life...and we both know the clock is ticking.

Using the Virtual Museum ArtBook is excellent with new patients, especially when we have to break the ice. Usually, it takes two or three visits before we are comfortable enough to share our intimate moments. When using the ArtBook, as we share whatever our experience is while viewing the art, intimate conversations are immediately triggered...we converse about people, places and things that matter the most to us. It's not about "I have a grandmother who lived in Pittsburgh," it's about, "Oh! This painting reminds me of every year when my parents took me to Pittsburgh to visit my grandmother. The snow was so high, it was higher than the top of my head! And you should have known my Grandmother, she loved me so much! She always cooked for me and her house always smelled so good...etc., etc., etc." For hours on end, they share unabashedly about "the loves of their lives."

I've personally witnessed people who seemed near death who were completely revitalized by sharing the Art Experience, sitting up in bed and wanting to view some more. It's not that their life is extended, it's about what they think about during that extension. Their end of days are not about fear -- fear of dying, or being in pain, or whether they did what they were supposed to do in life, or whether or not their family is taken care of, or whether they are going to heaven or hell. It is about, "You know, I had a pretty good life. I had people who loved me so much and I loved so many in return." People bask in the glow of a life well lived.

And who wouldn't want such a happy ending for themselves and their family members?

I get to use the greatest art in the world to "love on" people. I have the profound privilege of knowing, loving and honoring them for having lived a great life.

As a volunteer caregiver, I completely triumph...I walk out of that room in love with people, and they are in love with me. I am completely fulfilled!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

“Spectacular! I feel fully alive!” – Lois (client served)