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FOR LOVE & ART

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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

127 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Bart N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Really enjoyed seeing the presentation today at Harbor View in Bankers Hill, San Diego. Daniella brought the art directly to our people here in a very up close and pleasantly personal way. A very tasteful selection of art, from still life’s to panoramic scenes, I found it delightful. Looking forward to their visit again next month.

DanieC

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am privileged to be part of such an amazing organization and to work alongside a team of inspiring people, spreading kindness, joy and care in the community, particularly for our seniors.

Client Served

Rating: 5

"I loved the tremendous amount of variety of artworks. The presentation I just witnessed showcased works from the early 14 century to the 20th century. I was not able to choose my favorite work because so many qualified for being my favorite. I never thought I was much of an art person, but this program has really opened up my eyes about what I've been missing. I'm learning so much about art and how to appreciate it based on your comments and the comments of my fellow residents. In fact, I'm now able to look at a work of art and know what kinds of questions to ask myself to fully appreciate my experience of it. This is a new world for me and I thank you very much!" — Barbara

Client Served

Rating: 5

"It's a wonderful situation that you are able to bring this great museum art to us and I compliment the museums for enabling you to do that. As an artist, I see things that I didn't realize and want to try it for myself. I'm inspired by these great masters and really appreciate you taking the time to come and visit with us the way you do. Art has us appreciate the world in a different way and joins us together in ways that are so atypical in this day and age." —Diane

Client Served

Rating: 5

"This is a fantastic presentation with fantastic art. I am an artist myself and I'm really blown away by the fantastic pictures and composition. I've never been to The Met before and didn't realize what I'd been missing. I felt great peace and ease while viewing the paintings and hearing what people have to say about them. I will certainly be back whenever you return. Thank you so much!"

- Victor

Client Served

Rating: 5

Informative, interesting, entertaining.
Come more often!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful treasure! I am an activity director at a senior living community in Dallas-- every two weeks we are fortunate to have FOR LOVE & ART come visit groups of seniors. Many of them have enjoyed art in the past, but have limited mobility now and can't visit a museum. FOR LOVE & ART brings the great works of art to US! Residents enjoy breath-taking digital images of the well-known collections around the world, and "lost" feelings emerge..... curiosity, contentment and solace. A great resource! Thank you Mark, and FOR LOVE & ART donors, for making this the most positive experience!

Tessa E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Tradition senior living loves having mark come and share in his heart for art! He engages with everyone and makes learning about art pieces really fun!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I couldn't have asked for a better program for my community. Mark brings such joy & passion to each one of his presentations and makes each of my residents feel as if they are walking beside him through these museums. This is a special program and one of my the most attended by my residents. We Love Mark and the For Love & Art Program!!!!

Laura A.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Mark and his team are the best! They bring art museums to residents that can’t go to an actual museum! I love this program!!! Keep up the awesome job guys!!!

- Laura A from The Prk In Plano

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Amazing company! My dementia residents are so amazed by the beautiful art shown and love learning about the details in each painting. They tend to lose focus with other programs, but when Love and Art is here, they are completely interested! This is one of our favorite programs!!! Thank you all!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Barbara, and I live in the Assisted Living Community at Atria Senior Living in Richardson. I saw that our Memory Care Community had something on their calendar this morning about art and I decided to visit them and check this out. I do love art, after all.

What I saw was fabulous! For Love & Art brought treasures from The Frick Collection in New York City and showed them to us. They made it bigger so we could see all the details, even important ones that you couldn't see in the museum. They told us a little bit about each, like the artist and the title, and asked us to share what we thought of it.

Many in the audience made meaningful comments about the level of detail or the beautiful colors, shapes, and other things in the painting. But what amazed me is how the presentation held the attention of all members, regardless of their mental capacity. Bear in mind that I visit these dear people often. They usually wander about and are easily distracted, but even if they didn't speak out loud, I could see captivation in their faces. They were riveted by what they were seeing. I've witnessed music and other activities that cannot do what this has done. I've never seen this level of absorption before.

They say these presentations are like "knocking on heaven's door," and now I know why. I can't wait until they come back. Actually, I want them to come over to our side and give this show to us, too! I highly recommend For Love & Art to your friends and family in senior living.

MarkRobbinsNetwork

Donor

Rating: 5

This is Mark of the #MarkRobbinsNetwork. I became acquainted with For Love & Art via Mark Lombard a few years ago. I am very involved in many creative things, including fine arts. Having grown up in the fine arts world myself, I believe the program "For Love & Art" is very beneficial. This is a beautiful blessing brought to people, by a beautiful man, Mark Lombard.
And I wanted to get behind him by supporting For Love & Art

A couple of years ago, I had the chance to give For Love & Art a helping hand, by getting their message across social media, on a daily basis. This was done by the #MarkRobbinsNetwork - which promotes local business, creative work and more. Social Media Exposure Designed for Your Needs! If you would like more info about getting more traction via social media, please go to www.AllTexasWeb.com. Or, contact me directly at mark@markrobbins.org today!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

"I really enjoyed volunteering with For Love & Art. I love spending time with the residents and being able to share how I see the art and hear how they see it. They have me see it differently from how I would normally see it. Everyone had really different reactions; I was surprised at how engaged people were. I would like to volunteer on a regular basis. It would be a fun and fulfilling thing to do...it gives me the warm fuzzies." – Sasha

Volunteer

Rating: 5

"I think this presentation was very poppy. I liked the pretty girl with poppy eyes, I thought she was very pretty." – Anish

Volunteer

Rating: 5

"I'm eight years old and thought it your show was really good. I especially like the landscapes. The artists wanted everyone to see how amazed they were by what they were painting. I'd like to come to another presentation sometime. It's great to be with people. I learn something everytime people talk!" – Raming

Volunteer

Rating: 5

"I thought this show was really good. I've never been to a museum before, cause I'm only nine years old and never thought of it, but now I want to go!" – Avitri

Volunteer

Rating: 5

"I'm 8 years old and thought this was a pretty good presentation. I enjoyed how artists would paint anything they thought was beautiful. I thought they were beautiful, too. I'd very much like to come back to another presentation." – Rohan

Volunteer

Rating: 5

"I'm a volunteer with For Love & Art. I enjoy it very much. I feel bringing art to people all over the community is very important because art is a form of expression that can bring so many people together. No matter who you are or where you come from, art is something everyone can enjoy. I think this project can be implemented all over the world and bring love and art to people everywhere." – Varsha

Client Served

Rating: 5

"For Love & Art is something to love! It's really lovable! I wouldn't miss this show for anything. I've been to a lot of art museums around the world, and I every time you come, it's a brand new experience. I really appreciate your love of art, too! I often think that musicians are in a fortunate position to do what they love and I imagine anyone who loves art would absolutely love to share their love of art with people like us." – Sylvia