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For Love and 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

116 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

"This is a marvelous project. We are learning how to appreciate art. When I went to school in Brooklyn, art was a big part of our curriculum, and it's so missing in school these days." – Bunny

Client Served

Rating: 5

This presentation was "delicious!" Of all the activities, this is my favorite. It puts you in another world, seeing the art. – Beverly

Sakinah J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the mission that this organization has taken on. Especially it it’s service to Senior Citizens. Amazing ❤️❤️❤️

2 Sharilyn Smith C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Honoring my sister, Gloria Gay Stottlemyre, by donating a virtual museum art book to the Vitas Hospice Center where she died was more than enough, however, the simple ceremony with us, her family, was so inspiring. Sweet words shared and acknowledgement of how we all felt she would so love that this was done in her honor. The art book is amazing and beautiful. The staff at the Vitas center were so excited that they want them for all of their centers.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Enriching the elderly with the beauty of art is a beautiful thing to experience.
The slides of works of art from famous museums are wonderful because they can be enlarged so people with low vision can see. The presenter encourages and complements participation. I have seen the joy it brings to these groups. Many of the participants cannot leave because of physical or mental disabilities, and this brings the museums to them. Thank you for this wonderful organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For Love and Art is a great charity that brings light and life to the elderly. Its amazing to see how much these people enjoy being presented wonderful works of art and talking with them about how it makes them feel. For Love and Art aims to improve the quality of life and brings love and art to senior citizens that normally would not get to enjoy those experiences.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so happy there is a place to post just how wonderful For Love and Art has been to the Kentucky Children’s Hospital….Having the art book to showcase these amazing works is not only a great educational tool for our patients, but a way we can get them interested in recreating certain pieces during art sessions. Some of these kids will never be able to walk into one of these incredible museums, let alone have the time of getting close enough to study the individual work. We have appreciated the donation from the very moment we started utilizing it and it is a sure way to engage some of the older teens. Furthermore, Mark Lombard (who helps run the show) is one of the kindest and most easy going folks I have had the pleasure of working with.
On another note, one of our volunteers accidentally wiped out and deleted all of the memory and Mark was more than happy to have it returned so he could restore the files and resend it our way!
To Mark and all the other spectacular souls who take part in making For Love and Art a reality, a big thank you from your KCH friends!
Much love your way!

Sincerely,
Erin McAnallen
Child Life Expressive Arts Resource Specialist
Lexington, Kentucky

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Client Served

Rating: 5

"Captivating and enlightening, this activity is so much different from any other project I've ever participated in. I'll never forget this; I especially liked, "Whistlejacket." This whole community is very grateful to you and your group for giving us the opportunity to see this painting and others and express our joy over their awesomeness! You fully deserve the 5 stars I'm giving you!" – Sherry

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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

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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