This was an experience I will never forget during my college career! I had the opportunity to Volunteer with the Foundation of Photo Arts this Fall semester at the University of Minnesota Duluth, and I could not be more pleased. Elaine's passion for her work was outstanding. The most rewarding part to me about working with the Foundation of Photo/Art, was receiving feedback from the employees, patients, clients, and everyday traffic through the facilities in which we implemented. We successfully implemented the photos into our health services facility on campus. It's very cool to me knowing that students everyday will be seeing these photos!
I have learned so much about the Foundation and about Florence while working here. The Poggi family has been incredibly welcoming to myself and their other interns. They have helped us to feel like we have a home away from home and provided us with an experience that we will remember forever. As school winds down, I am able to reflect on all that I have accomplished this semester. While working with Elaine, I have learned new skills in Excel and Google Drive, been able to explore other tools used for social media and discovered the many differences between an Italian and American workplace. I am looking forward to my last few days here in Florence and am feeling bittersweet about leaving. I hope to continue doing outreach to hospitals once I head back to the states in order to spread the work of all of our contributing photographers around the world and make hospitals a more inviting place. Thank you to Elaine and everyone else who works to make the Healing Photo Art Foundation possible.
The program is so lovely and they are truly amazing ;))
It is such an honor to contribute my photography to an important cause. Elaine’s communications were very quick, clear and respectful. Her passion for helping people was immediately apparent. I can’t wait to see my photos make people smile.
It is a great pleasure to work with Elaine, the founder of this foundation. She is appreciative, knowledgeable and responds super fast to photographers. Her foundation is doing fabulous work throughout the world and I feel very blessed to have come across her foundation. I highly recommend working with Elaine.
Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals is an incredible organization fully focused on the betterment of others through art. Elaine Poggi, the founder of the organzation is committed to not only celebrating photographers and their artfrom but also making the healing process easier for those in hospitals. This perfect balance of using people's gifts and connecting them to a greater cause is what truly makes this organization so successfull. Furthermore, Elaine makes each step of the process smooth and organized for both hospitals and contributing photographers. Overall, this organization is fully committed and well organzed.
I had the opportunity to work with the Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals as an intern this spring and I could not be more pleased with this organization. I was able to place some of the photos around hospitals in Duluth Minnesota and the impact it had on these places was outstanding. The organization is very well run and being able to be apart of it for a semester brought me so much joy. I would definitely recommend this organization to future students looking for an internship.
Elaine is nothing but passionate for the work she does, donating photos to be placed on the empty hospital walls all over the world. I had the opportunity the help Elaine out over the past semester spreading the word about the Foundation of Photo/Art in Hospitals as well as working with facilities to get photos on their blank walls. It was an experience I will never forget, seeing how grateful the employees, residence, and family members were for the beauty the photos brought to the facilities.
I have had the honor to work with Elaine and the Foundation of Photo Art in Hospitals this past semester. Elaine's passion shows through in everything and every detail that she has a part of. I worked with Bayshore assisted living in Duluth Minnesota and got photos placed in their facilities where my aunt works and during the hanging ceremony of the art, it was amazing to see the joy that this brought the workers and the residents. I could not recommend working with this foundation enough, it was a great experience and Elaine was always so passionate, kind, and thoughtful in every interaction we had with her.
I have had the privilege to work alongside Elaine this past semester as her intern, as well as a contributing photographer by donating one of my photos to the organization. To say that Elaine is passionate about her work is an understatement. She works every day to bring life to hospital rooms all around the world and inspires others to do so as well. I mostly worked with the foundation's social media accounts and had the opportunity to make a video of my experience this semester. I have learned so much about the business and ethics of running an organization and enjoyed seeing how art can directly transform one's outlook. I will continue to support this foundation, and look forward to seeing where it goes in the future!
The concept of the charity is a good one especially for the hospitals that struggle just to keep their medical equipment current and running. I am a photographer that has donated an image to this cause in the hopes that it will bring some comfort to the staff and patients. Life alone can be stressful but then add in having to be in or visit some one in the hospital can add to that stress.
Jeffery Johnson | Photo Captures by Jeffery
Extremely responsive. I donated a photograph and Elaine Poggi was available every step of the way to give me assistance. What they are doing is, in my opinion, something that will help patients' attitudes in their recovery. Hospitals have a reputation of being drab, sterile places but photos on the walls can certainly brighten things up. The foundation deserves kudos.
Hello, my name is Rich Franco and I'm a Photographer located in Central Florida and had read about this wonderful organization! I contacted them and was honored to be able to donate a number of images, to be used as Wall Art, around the WORLD! Terrific idea and so easy to get involved! Will certainly help more in the future!
I'm very happy to have learnt of the work of the Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals and Elaine Poggi, and I'm honored to have just been accepted as a contributing photographer so that I can help this wonderful cause. Having spent a lot of time visiting my father in hospital during the last year of his life, I love the idea that my photos may help provide some beauty and comfort to patients, visitors and staff in hospital environments throughout the world. Elaine was a pleasure to deal with, and I'm confident this is just the beginning of my ongoing photo donations to the Foundation. Catherine Reading
Elaine is fantastic at quick communications. You can immediately see her passion in helping people see the beauty in the world. What a special way to help the sick feel great hope! Thank you Elaine for all you do!
Friendly, courteous, prompt and forthright. Can't think of any way these folks could improve our relationship.
This non-profit helps patients in hospitals around the world by supplying them with donated art work specifically design to improve patient outcome & reduce staff stress based on evidence from hospital design research. As a contributing photographer, they made the donation process quick & easy.
Working with the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals has been a very rewarding process. The Foundation donated photos to my place of employment, Mount Royal Pines III Assisted Living located in Duluth, Minnesota. It has been amazing to witness the positive impact the art has brought to the facility. I highly recommend becoming involved with this nonprofit organization as the work produced by the people involved truly matters and is making a difference worldwide.
I am honored to contribute my nature photography to the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals. The healing benefits of nature are many, and this organization's mission is a wonderful way to share nature where it is so dearly needed. https://healingphotoart.org.
Lucy Banks, Tennessee
I am thrilled to be a contributing photographer to https://healingphotoart.org. What a wonderful cause and organization! I am honored to think that someone somewhere in a hospital or clinic may look at one of my photo's and it might help brighten their day! ~ Mixed media artist&photographer, Kelley Jakelis.
My experience with Elaine Poggi and the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals (healingphotoart.org) has been nothing but amazing. Not only did Elaine take an immediate and gracious interest in my work, but, since I happen to work in a hospital, she made a very, very generous offer of a contribution to us, which I forwarded to my administrators.
Elaine is the REAL THING in a world increasingly bereft of authenticity and integrity. If you have quiet, colorful, contemplative nature-scapes of any kind and you want your photographic efforts to actually MEAN something in someone's life, help her out! Two enthusiastic thumbs up, and five stars only because I can't give her ten!
The Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals provides beautiful, uplifting, encouraging artwork to the patients, their families, and the untiring staff of medical institutions who otherwise could not afford it. I am honored to have contributed to this cause, and if I can help relieve the physical and mental pain of just one patient or caregiver, then my job is done. This is a truly worthwhile cause -- everybody needs more art in their lives, especially those under incredible amounts of stress day in and day out.
I am brand new to photography and was supported, encouraged and patiently assisted by the Founder. Elaine offered gentle instructions, answered questions and provided much needed guidance through the process of submitting photos for the cause!
As an artist I wanted to use my love of the arts and my artwork to help others. In researching for foundation I would like to get involved with, Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals inc, was one which really spoke to me because it was open to all hospitals around the world, but mostly because we are all affected by making the hospital environment a more welcoming and pleasant one. It’s mission is simple but can truely change the hospital stay of someone. Plus Elaine the person in charge of the foundation has been extremely welcoming and has made the process of getting involved so easy. I am proud to be able to participate in this great program and hope my art will help brighten up some someone’s hospital stay
My students had an assignment to create nature photography and they read about Ms Poggi's foundation and wanted to contribute their work. We were so pleased to have had two photos selected for inclusion. We hope to contribute more work in the future
-Digital photography Class from Mission San Jose HS
Fremont, CA 2018
A fantastic service that I'm so happy to be a part of. Elaine was very professional yet so humble and easy to deal with. So glad I can share my passion where it can make a difference to someone's health and wellbeing in a positive way! I Look forward to sharing more photos with this program in the future.
I interned for Foundation this spring and it was an incredibly rewarding process, I learned a ton and got to be apart of a movement that helped people all across the world. I want to thank Elaine for her time and insight and I hope to do work with the foundation again in the future.
This last semester, Spring 2018, while I was studying abroad in Italy, I had the opportunity to intern for Elaine Poggi at the Foundation of Photo Art in Hospitals. It was an amazing experience to learn about Elaines goals for the foundation and then also get the chance to see it come to life. I had the opportunity to accompany Elaine to some of the hospitals where she has placed her photos and was able to see how much beauty and life these photos bring. Elaine has a wonderful mission with her foundation and I was lucky enough to work along side her and see the difference she is making in hospitals throughout the world.
I was told about this foundation through a family friend , and I thought I could share a few of my photos and hope that they could bring s smile to peoples faces. It’s an honor knowing that just from my snapping a few pictures now and then can help to brighten someone’s day.
What it means being a contributing photographer.
“Your photography is a record of your living, for anyone who really sees.”
There are various methods for making life events and scenery more interesting, enjoyable and people-centered; photography is one of them. Photography makes subjects like the environment, heritage, nature, people, festivals, places, and even healthcare, more interesting and meaningful for the public and the health professionals who serve the public.
Photography mirrors reality, it’s an art as well as science; it captures and reproduces reality with accuracy. It spans the range of human needs, both practical and emotional. Photography provides the thrill of catching and freezing a moment, a scene, a smile, a movement, an object, nature, and looking back at it. It is a creative art physically and psychologically. The pride of reproducing a moment encourages the photographer to look at the world through her or his own eyes.
I feel great knowing my photos have helped give comfort and hope to patients and their families, visitors and caregivers. Photography, art, and pictures are necessary, like music, to make a health care facility homey and relaxing. Sterility is an important issue for a facility’s health care personnel, patients, and procedures, but not for its walls.
My attention was brought to Healing Photo Art upon moving to Italy to study abroad, as it was where I interned for the semester. Upon working with the organization, alas on more of a tech and media side of things, I was able to learn what the organization was and did on a more personal note. Being able to meet patients, doctors, and medical staff at Careggi Hospital in Florence and hear their personal stories and see in person the drastic impact the art makes brought much more depth and meaning to the work I was doing on a daily basis. I was honored when Elaine asked me to become a contributing photographer after talking about our mutual passion for photography and the arts in general. I am a firm believer that the arts have a healing power that is beyond any technology we can develop, and I formerly saw this with the power of music (I am a concert cellist) and now I see it with the photography. To be able to know that patients, families, caregivers, and others in the medical facilities can be brought a sense of calm, relaxation, or simply distraction amidst feelings that can be otherwise quite nerve-wracking and stressful is incredibly fulfilling. If a single person's life is changed for the better due to this, then it is worth every bit of making it possible.
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.
When I began to practice photography as a hobby I discovered how therapeutic it is to be out in nature capturing the beautiful light and life that surrounds us. Being able to share this gift with others makes it even more meaningful. Particularly when I can share it with people who may not have the ability to witness these places in person. I welcome viewers of my photos to stand in my place and imagine just for a moment that they are in a world of pure serenity.
As a health care professional myself, I understand how trying it can be to spend hours, days, and months inside a clinic or hospital. I am so glad this organization exists to enable me to provide some comfort to those who are giving and receiving care as well as their families. The thought that my photo may provide even a glimmer of hope to someone who is going through a difficult time in their life makes me proud beyond words.
This semester I had the opportunity to volunteer as an intern for the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals. I was able to connect with the Foundation through a course I am currently in at the University of Minnesota Duluth. I worked closely with founder Elaine Poggi, who is involved in working with hospitals and clinics from around the world, accomplishing the Foundation's mission - donating large framed nature photos from around the world to bring comfort and joy to hospitals, patients, families and staff. As an intern I worked to reach out to hospitals and clinics to donate photos. I also worked with the Foundation's social media account and designed two promotional videos. The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals is an amazing organization dedicated to healing through art photography. I have enjoyed learning from Elaine and working with the Foundation this past semester. I have learned so much about community outreach, photography, and working for a non-profit organization.
Jenny Rainbow Fine Art Photography
I discovered Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals simply in Google search when I was looking for healing art in healthcare industry. Im a photographer and do a lot of nature photos which I consider as healing art which can help for the ill people to relieve with the pain and negative thoughts.
When I found Photo Art in Hospitals site I decided that my art definitely could be a part of this missionary program and applied for participation.
Elaine, the president of the foundation was quick with her answer and review on my application and made the process go fast and smooth.
Im proud to be the part of such program and grateful for Elaine who accepted my request to join this great team!
May it be more people in the world as Elaine and the life will be much brighter and lighter.
I am honored to have one of my photos featured on the "Healing Photo Art" website. My goal is to have my healing photos placed in hospitals. I am committed to bringing the world more peace and to help heal souls! Kristi D.
My website is www.kristikollections.com.