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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.

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Advisor

Rating: 4

As the Volunteer Coordinator for Envoy Hospice in Fort Worth, I was blessed to have been awarded an Art Book by the magnificent Mark Lombard, in Memory of an Amon Carter Employee's Father. Many of our Envoy Hospice Volunteers have been thrilled to share this wonderful Art experience with our Hospice patients over the past year & it has brought joy & comfort to many afflicted with life-threatening illness & are at end-of-life. Also, I was fortunate to have the book with me during one of my recent Hospice Patient reviews in a Facility. I opened the book to show it to our patient as we sat at a table in a common area. Soon, along came a lady to join us, I showed the art pictures to both of them & we each gave our thought as to what the artist may have been thinking, then a few minutes later, there were "8" people at the table, all eagerly looking, talking & laughing & sharing about the art work! It was a glorious experience for ALL of us, especially me!

Advisor

Rating: 5

This is an extraordinary charity that purveys joy to those in their final days through the simplicity of art.