I have worked with the Foundation this past semester as an intern and through doing so, have been provided an in-depth look at the effects it has throughout the world. Through hearing others' stories and especially through talking with doctors in facilities that have undergone a transformation at the hands of the Foundation, I have been given a glimpse into the very tangible effects artwork has on the lives of individuals.
In addition, I am a contributing photographer and I look forward to staying connected to the Foundation in this capacity as the mission speaks personally to me since I am a firm believer that art, whether painting, photography, music, or any other medium, has a profound positive impact on everyone, but especially in this context, those struggling with a variety of medical/mental conditions.
I found out about The Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals, Inc. during my research when I was seeking children's hospitals to donate some of my nature art to. I e-mailed the Foundation, and right away, Ms. Elaine Poggi responded, thanking me for my interest in their work, and included the guidelines for their Contributing Photographers Program. She also asked me to send her a few photos from my gallery. I did, and that is how my extremely pleasant relationship with her and the Foundation began.
As a result, I am now a happy and proud contributor to the photographers program! Ms. Poggi has made my experience so pleasant, enjoyable, and exciting! She chose one of my favorite pictures from my collection, my "Regal Red Camellia," for inclusion in the program and has already displayed it on her Foundation's beautiful Web site. This camellia also appears in my You Tube video which I have attached here on my first video art exhibition.
I meet many people for the first time whom I seem to have a really great and special connection with, and Ms. Poggi is definitely one of them! Her personality is extremely down-to-earth in a very kind, caring, and warm way. I am truly, truly thankful that she has allowed me this awesome honor and privilege to be a part of her extraordinary Foundation, and I look forward to working more closely with her!
Several years ago I was looking for a volunteer opportunity in Florence and I came across Elaine's Photo Art in Hospital Foundation and it intrigued me.
After meeting with her and learning of her foundation and its goals in placing beautiful photographs from around the globe to dress the bare white walls of hospitals, I was further taken back. I came to learn that her foundation was set up to encourage a talent as well as offer support to the weak. But what exactly did this mean?.
She encourages talented photographers, amateur or professional, to donate their photographs of natural beauty and in turn with the funding raising activities, she builds a fund that can then frame the photographs and send them to hundreds of hospitals across the world, from our developed countries to the poorest.
As a psychologist I can recognise how significant such a simple act of placing beauty in our visual sight has a direct effect in stimulating our mental wellbeing. There have also been a number of studies to show how our mental state effects our physical state, and so this subtle act of placing beauty in generally a very depressing space such a hospitals, is an incredibly powerful tool and message to our minds, consciously and unconsciously, the effects are profound as just having a positive state of mine affects our recovery rate.
Elaine has out done herself with her dedication and devotion to such a great cause, and through helping her with funding raising events and communication, I am so proud and happy to have contributed even slightly to her growing popularity.
Everyone needs hope and inspiration and that is what I feel Elaine does so well in her foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals. Well done Elaine!! you deserve the best for the goodness you share!
What an amazing non-profit organization! Their beautiful nature photos bring comfort to so many patients, families, and medical staff in hospitals and medical facilities around the world. Keep up the amazing work!
Finding Elaine Poggi and The Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals Inc., has been one of the most inspiring events to have happened to my partner and myself. We have been moved by their relentless mission to heal through art. Having begun now to work with Elaine and the Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals, has been pivotal in allowing us to carry on her mission here locally in Los Angeles, and it has profoundly changed our lives. In turn we hope to pay in forward. This could not have happened without the guidance, kindness and generosity of Elaine and the Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals.
Truly heartwarming and loving to know so much beauty is being shared with those who need it the most!!
The foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals Inc has made a huge difference in hospitals around the world. My story is simple. My husband had an aortic tear. He nearly died. When they finally took out his breathing tube he said the photograph of underwater corals in his room made him feel alive. The colors made him want to see them for himself, and when he was the most depressed the colors made him feel better. No one is in a hospital because they are well. Color, life and beauty in a photograph can and do make a difference in how the person who is ill feels. It helps the sick to get better.
We were thrilled with our beautiful photographic artwork we received from The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals. All of the pictures were so beautiful, it was hard to choose a select few for our department! Patients love looking at them! Many thanks for these beautiful additions to our facility!!
Specialty Services Department
Marshall Browning Hospital Du Quoin, IL
When my uncle passed away, I wanted to honor his memory somehow. He had lots of beautiful photos from his travels, and I was looking for a way to do something positive with them. I came across Photo Art in Hospitals Inc. and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share his work. Elaine graciously accepted a photo he took from a trip he took to Alaska. That trip was significant for him because it is what he had focused on while in the hospital, promising himself that when he recovered, he would take the journey- and he did.
Now, I'm glad the photo can be shared as an image of peace and optimism. I'm glad to hear it resides in over 20 hospitals and clinics, across the US. That's amazing- I appreciate the opportunity and Elaine's commitment to this work.
As a contributing photographer to the Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals, I'm acutely aware of the impact that nature photography can have on those in severely stressful situations. Originally, I was inspired to become a contributing photographer by my aunt, who revered nature, yet was mobility impaired and chronically ill; my focus became nature photography for healthcare settings to alleviate the stress of patients, their families and caregivers, and help improve patient outcomes in clinical settings. Very recently, this focus has become particularly personal for me, having been recently diagnosed with, and undergoing treatment for breast cancer. As a patient with multiple visits to clinical settings in any given week, artwork and nature scenes have a particularly calming impact.
With many healthcare facilities lacking an artwork budget, the foundation places artwork in facilities all over the world.