While recovering from a major surgery, one day I lingered along the corridors of the hospital ward and was struck to see the otherwise plain walls enlivened by beautiful photos of Florence cityscapes. Surely I wasn’t in my best mood, but I really got a kick from those pictures. I read the signature of HealingPhotoArt.org and decided to contact the responsible person. Elaine Poggi is really one of a kind, exuding enthusiasm and a genuine desire to help suffering people. A warm and enthusiastic email exchange followed from my hospital bed, and my offer to contribute was readily accepted.
I immediately grasped and shared the mission of the association to provide usually dull and nondescript places like hospital departments with some comforting, uplifting images, just to remind the patients that the outside world is not lost to them, but is waiting for their comeback.
Apart from the satisfaction of making my photos available to a number of people in need of an uplift, I have met Elaine, the driving force behind all this, a wonderful person with an unlimited supply of enthusiasm and care, whose friendship I’ll treasure forever.
I worked with Elaine Poggi (the founder/president for The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals) from January--August of '21 as her intern. Not only is the work that this non-profit, international organization so important for the patients within hospitals, working with Elaine herself was an incredible experience. She is so passionate about what she does that it is inspirational. Art and health is such an important topic--especially within hospitals!
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I had such an amazing experience with The Foundation and their mission that I'm considering volunteering again in the near future!
After a friend of mine saw some of my photography, they recommended that I look into Foundation for Photo/Art In Hospitals. Upon researching the organization, there was no question in my mind that I wanted to donate. My hope is that if my photography is placed in a hospital somewhere in the world that it will bring some comfort and serenity. What a fabulous humanitarian organization! Elaine was a pleasure to work with.
I discovered Elaine and the Foundation from a photographer I follow on Instagram. I did a little research and was amazed how many hospitals have been touched by these talented photographers and artists and the work Elaine has done to make this possible. I knew I wanted to be a part of it. Elaine made the process so easy and I hope to meet her some day. I am proud to be a part of this healing community and hope one day my photograph will bring a little joy to a bare hospital wall.
I found out about Elaine and the Foundation through a friend who had seen beautiful photographs at the Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis, MO. The wonderful nature photos brought my friend much comfort and she felt my photos would do the same. Elaine was supportive and communicative and made the process very easy. I am honored and grateful to be a part of this healing community.
I am thrilled to contribute to this organization that does so much to provide healing support across the globe. Working with Elaine, the founder, is a true pleasure and I'm honored to share this photograph and be a part of this incredible organization that does so much for so many.
This nonprofit is such a great idea and easy for photographers to contribute to! The founder is very communicative with contributing photographers with the details of the process - I highly recommend this foundation to those who are looking for a community to join for a creative, healing cause!
It is truly an honor to take part along side of so many outstanding photographers. It is and has been a great experience. Thank you to all that help keep the cogs of the foundation in motion!
It is truly an honor to contribute my photographic work to such a wonderful foundation. Elaine and her staff do a tremendous job and their work is a blessing for many people around the world. I have had a long love of photography and the ability to share it with others is always rewarding.
I am happily serving as an intern for this wonderful Foundation! I've been able to share my passion of photography, and Elaine has shown me how to pursue that by becoming a contributing photographer, where my photo will be placed in hospitals all over the world! Working with this Foundation has allowed me to grow personally and professionally. They have a great mission, and one that I believe to be very powerful. The work they do is incredible and I am grateful to be a part of something that really does make a difference in the lives of others. Elaine has been so kind and caring, and has been a true pleasure to work with! I am so thankful for the opportunity to work with the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals!
Elaine is an incredible person. I recently submitted a photograph, where I was easily directed and communicated with in a clear and friendly manner. Her work is clearly having success and meeting her intentions in an amazing way! I love the range of images and places that work is seen in hospitals- Elaine really considers choices carefully to great effect.
I am working with Elaine this semester as a volunteer, and I am beyond blessed to have this opportunity. I am passionate about bringing art into communities, Elaine has taught me so much on how I can contribute to that passion. This foundation overall is so impactful and I am excited to learn more though Elaine and the foundation!
What a brilliant idea by Elaine Poggi to place photography of nature in hospitals around the world. I am so happy to contribute to this very thoughtful Foundation. Elaine is great to work with and deserves to be recognised. I love the thought that our pictures are helping people on their way to healing!
I had the opportunity to intern with Healing Photo Art for the Fall 2020 semester. Although things didn't necessarily go as originally planned with the onset of the pandemic, I still had a fantastic time working with Elaine and the foundation! Even with most hospitals being closed to accepting art donations, so much good came from Healing Photo Art. They have a mission that almost seems too good to be true, but it isn't! The genuine drive to help others is one of the biggest things that inspired me during my time here and I know that HPA has touched so many souls with their beautiful work. I look forward to following their work in the future!
I had the amazing opportunity to work with Elaine and the Foundation this past semester! It was a very eye opening and educational experience for me. I was able to not only learn about art in health but also communicate with local reservation clinics in northern Minnesota to get 30 photos placed! Even though there were challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we worked to over come them together. I learned so much from Elaine this past semester and truly believe in the work that the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals is doing!
I was introduced to Healing Photo Art by a mutual friend of the Founder. My introduction to the mission has been very rewarding and enlightning. I believe the mission is very creative and leverages many disciplines to economically deliver artwork to the walls of hospitals around the world. I am excited to be a new part of it.
Healing Photo Art is a wonderful organization. The work they are doing to bring photography and art to the lives of others as a means of comfort and security is wonderful. I'm honored to be a contributing photographer for such a powerful cause.
I had such an amazing experience with Healing Photo Art. The professionalism and support for artists are so needed and helpful. I now have one of my photographs in China! That is something I would have never dreamed of.
I could not think of a more special way for my love of nature and photography to be displayed. It brings me great joy to know my images are being displayed on a global level and brightening peoples days who need it!
Hi, my name is M Diane Bonaparte and I'm a photographer from Tucson, AZ. I found Elaine through another Art in Health organization and was overwhelmed by her quick response and genuine lighthearted attitude. She chose one of my photos from my website and I'm very happy to be a part of this worthy endeavor.
As the marketing intern, I had such a positive experience working with Elaine and the Foundation. I could tell that Elaine truly cares and loves the work she does. Elaine was such a wonderful mentor, who was very open to new ideas and has helped me grow and learn in such a short amount of time. I am so honored I could be a part of this Foundation.
After working over the course of the summer as an intern for the Foundation of Photo/Art in Hospitals there are many things I learned along the way. I learned so much information by conducting my own research in regards to the benefits of nature art in hospitals. I was able to reach out to possible contributing photographers and spread the word on this organization's mission. My advice for future interns would be to stay on top of social media platforms, because this internship is online. This can be by interacting with individuals on instagram and “liking” other photographers posts to gain followers for the organization. Regularly updating social media platforms such as pinterest and instagram can also be very helpful for the Foundation as well. The more people this Foundation reaches the better. I became very familiar with constructing and editing videos on iMovie and learned more about Premiere Pro. I think it is very beneficial to find a task that is fun, you can learn from, and can benefit the Foundation at the same time.
I had the opportunity to work as a LINCS intern for the Foundation for Photo/Art in hospitals. I found this experience to be very rewarding and also something totally new to me. Working with the founder Elaine Poggi, I could tell right away she was very passionate and motivated to make a positive impact in others lives through photography. Elaine was very personable and kind throughout my time working for her. I felt very accomplished raising money for this nonprofit organization throughout the semester. I highly recommend becoming involved with this organization as the work is truly making a difference around the world. I hope to continue to stay connected and see how successful this foundation can become
This is an amazing non-profit and an easy way for photographers of all experience levels to donate their photos. Elaine also makes the process of donating photos super easy.
I am continually impressed with the professionalism and holistic philosophy of the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals. As a health care professional, I recognize the importance of art in the healing process. As an artist, I am always looking for ways to contribute art to assist with healing. I am honored to be a contributing photographer to the the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals. Their compassionate approach to working with hospitals and contributing photographers make them a joy to work with.
I have always envisioned my photography being utilized in a manner for healing, so I was delighted to run across this organization! I think it's such a fantastic avenue for photographers to share their beautiful images of nature where it's most needed. Elaine was quick to respond, helpful, and very encouraging. I felt honored that she selected my Lotus Awakening photo to be an option among her lovely collection of images!
Love what this foundation is doing! I'm honored to be asked to help. I donated one of my personal favorite images and I hope that it does good for patients around the world. Thank you Elaine!
I was delighted to hear about The Foundation for Healing Arts for Hospitals and specifically Elaine Poggi's work . Her enthusiasm for nature photography and its calming effects for hospital wards and clinics is a wonderful resource for interior designers in planning a relaxed environment affecting patient stress and anxiety. I am very pleased to have had some of my nature work accepted for publication and to be working with the Foundation in the future..Cordially, Stephen D. Smith
Working with Healing Photo Art was seamlessly easy with great communication for an even better cause. I donated this photo I took in hopes of sharing it with someone who needs to see something beautiful around them when they need it most.
My experience with the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals has been incredible. I had discovered the organization (healingphoto.org) while exploring ways to help others online, and I was immediately inspired by Elaine's mission to uplift patients, caregivers, and families alike through art.
She not only was responsive when I sent my photos in for consideration but also compassionate, taking the time to support me despite the evolving COVID-19 situation. I am also very grateful that Elaine accepted my artwork and gave me the opportunity to join her amazing cause.
I hope to spread the word about the foundation to my university so that we can continue to make positive impacts on people's mental and physical well-being!
This semester I have had the pleasure to work with The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals and it has brought me so much joy. Three months ago my grandmother passed away and I spent a lot of time in the hospital and hospice care with her. Seeing art on the walls helped me to find comfort and brought peace in a not so happy time. The work that The Foundation does allows for love, compassion, and healing to take place in patients and their loved ones. It has been an honor to work with Elaine, the founder, this semester and bring others comfort in their time of need. There is so much love and soul in the work that Elaine does and she has forever touched my heart.
Last week I was invited to see the new art hung at the Barns West Siteman Center. I worked directly with one of the contributing photographers whose work was one of the images seen that day. While going through cancer myself I have found that hospitals and treatment centers are not where you want to be. But seeing these great pieces or art from around the world takes your mind off of chemo and allows you to picture yourself there rather than in a sterile treatment center. Keep up the great work..
I recently attended the unveiling of photos at the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes West. The experience was amazing and the photos really made the halls look better. The photos lighten the mood and add more to the walls then just blank whiteness. They add more color and life to a place that really needs positive energy. After looking at all of the pictures I was awed about the variety of different places that were represented, and the beauty that comes with going to those places was shown very well, giving patients and staff a sense of freedom when they might feel trapped in the hospital.
My daughter and I recently attended the unveiling of the photo art at the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes West. We were impressed by the beautiful, calm, and visually attractive atmosphere created by having the photo art throughout the facility. Over the past year, I have spent time in various emergency rooms, hospital/medical center waiting rooms, and doctors offices with my husband and children; I always prefer to be in a place with beautiful nature photos.
This is in response to the review by SPhillips1122 who gave the Foundation its first 1 star rating. Almost all the other 225 reviewers gave 5 star ratings! The photos are beautifully printed on photographic paper, laminated thus no glass is needed, and hand framed in Italy. The hospital coordinator had already contacted the painters to fill the holes left by the previous artwork and to paint the walls which was to be done the day after the inauguration. Healing Photo Art had no part in installing the photos. The 65 photos were given as a gift to the facility. Yes, the patients and staff deserve more... more than the empty walls that they were viewing for months until the beautiful photos were installed.
We have attended a couple of the Siteman shows sponsored by Healing Photo Art including today 2/17/20 at the St. Louis BJC West location. While I appreciate the message and mission, the poor quality of the work such as cheap printing & dollar store frames and no glass or acrylic to protect the photos was impossible to miss. As well as the crooked installation of work on walls with holes and outlines of previous art made me embarrassed for Siteman as well as Healing Photo Art. As a donor to Siteman I'm disappointed that they chose a quantity of bad art over quality. The patients and staff deserve more.
Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals 09/15/2020
We received from you our first and only 1 star comment out of 240 reviews over the years. You said that Healing Photo Art had shows in other Siteman Centers. That is not true as the West County site was our first project in a Siteman Center. We feel that the printing of our photos is quite good and the frames are adequate since they are a gift to the center. We do not use glass because of the danger of breaking, the photos are laminated to allow cleaning, and there is no matting so that the photo itself stands out. We always give a facility the choice if they prefer framed photos or unframed photos. The Siteman Center preferred our standard framed photos which are crafted in Italy. We were aware that some of the walls needed painting, but because of scheduling problems we were assured that the painting would take place in a few weeks. Perhaps the next project could be sponsored by you...
Today, I was a guest at the Siteman West cancer treatment center in St. Louis, a facility of the BJC Health System. Seeing the photos along the hallways and displayed in treatment bays, my husband and I voiced we couldn't imagine coming for treatment with just bare, white walls surrounding you. The gorgeous art must provide a tremendous, positive impact on patients as well as medical staff. The nature scenes bring such peace and inspiration. This Foundation's leadership and all the generous donors, such as Dr. Jerome Levy, of the Foundation for Photo/Arts In Hospitals have made such a powerful impact on the world! Building peace in places where it is so much needed. Thank you!
I have told many people about this organization, especially photo artists who would cherish knowing about this opportunity to make a difference to so many simply by sharing their gifts as photographers. I have worked with the Executive Director, Elaine Poggi, and am sincerely impressed by her passion for helping advance healing through photo arts in medical settings and her generosity as staff. Anyone associated with this endeavor will experience a great sense of achievement and goodwill to others. It is a program worth supporting in whatever means possible.
A healthy man has a thousand wishes, a sick man only one. Gloomy days in the hospital, bare walls in sterile conditions. Not everything has to be that way, this organization shows. Great idea, great work, great photos shared with people who have just one wish in those hospitals and sterile conditions. I am glad to be a part of this team and to help in some way in the healing and easier time spent in the hospital.
I loved my experience with The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospital. I was a volunteer intern for a few months, during which we placed photos in three sites. I loved seeing how we create a positive change in the community. Not only the clients at the hospitals, clinics, and hospices loved the photos, but the photos brought smiles to the staff as well. A staff person told me that every time she passed the photos it felt like she was taking a breath of fresh air. I am so humbled and greatful for the experience and learning I have received. Elaine's passion was so inspiring. I want to continue the work I did with The Foundation into my future. Healing people with Art, Community and Heart.
This past fall semester I had the opportunity to meet Elaine, learn about The Foundation, as well as contribute to The Foundation's mission. I think what Elaine is doing, is simply amazing. Before hearing about The Foundation I was very unaware of the healing effects that photo art can have on someone, but after working as a student volunteer for her foundation last semester, I quickly realized how big these effects are. The Foundation also helped me gain a different perspective of global health, as well as a different perspective of myself, since the photos are distributed all over the world. I thank Elaine and The Foundation for giving me this wonderful opportunity. I can't wait to follow The Foundation's journey, see it grow, and see all the people helped by the photo art!
The work Elaine Poggi does through Healing Photo Art is of such a caring nature that contributing my landscape / nature photo prints was something I did not hesitate to do. In all my correspondence with Elaine over the years, her extreme passion for this immensely noble cause shines through. If I can be a part of making someone smile and forget their troubles, if only briefly, then I'm all-in. - Tom Potter http://tompotterphotography.com/
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