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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

44 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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

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

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

“You always bring so much love into this community. God bless you!” – Dru

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Client Served

Rating: 5

“I never thought I would enjoy looking at art so much. I didn’t talk much, but I sure looked and listened and learned a thing or two.” – Art

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Client Served

Rating: 5

“Takes me back to all those trips my husband and I went on seeing this great country. My, such good memories! I hope you come back soon.” – Marian

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Client Served

Rating: 5

“This is probably my favorite activity at our community. I love expressing my opinion and hearing what others have to say. We want you to stay all day!” – Nina

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Client Served

Rating: 5

“As my great-granddaughter would say, these paintings are ‘beautimous!’ Thank you, For Love & Art!" – Joy

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Client Served

Rating: 5

“As an artist myself, I love to explore the works of great artists - and even those I never heard of. Every painting you showed took us on a great adventure. And we didn’t have to leave the comfort of our home here.

" – Fran

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Client Served

Rating: 5

“Spectacular! I feel fully alive!” – Lois (client served)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I got to admit it, this is the most fun I had in a long time. I didn’t even need my glasses to see the show.

– Aaron

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I came into this room, I was sad, gloomy, depressed and tired. Halfway through, my mood dramatically shifted and i became, well, … like I was beautiful and happy! It’s like the sun came out on me and cleared up all the clouds!

I especially liked “The Rose Garden.” Maybe I’ll get to go to the Crystal Bridges Museum someday.

– Tammy

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is so different from other things we do here, and it really makes you think! The mothers and children of Mary Cassatt are my favorites.

I especially like hearing what other residents think about the art. Yes, we often had different ideas, but I didn’t realize we had so much in common.

– Jackie

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’m just a good old boy from a small town about 40 miles south of Amarillo and really like when you come around. I never got to visit museums growing up and didn’t know what I was missing. I never really thought I’d like art, but it sure is beautiful and gives me something to think about for days afterwards. Hearing what other folks think and feel about the pictures show me parts of myself I never recognized before. I reckon we’re not that much different after all.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I found myself completely engaged in your presentation and couldn't share enough about what I was experiencing in the moment. It sparked so many memories! It was not only beautiful, but had me remember that life is beautiful and to count my blessings. I am interested in volunteering with your organization. On a scale of 1 - 5, I rate this a "12!"
-Cathy

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have four words for this presentation: Beautiful! Wonderful! Magic! Perfect!
-Micki R.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This project is really marvelous! I get how you express a feeling through paint and canvas...after you showed the mountaintop, I had the feeling of freedom!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been a minister for over 30 years. Sitting and watching this program gave me the same sense as leading my religious tours through the Holy Land...the sense of beauty and awe these paintings brought forth. Before witnessing it firsthand, I was skeptical about how it enriches the soul. Now I completely agree. Top marks for your efforts. God bless you.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I loved every bit of this presentation. It was telling us about the heritage of the Indians and I got quite enthused about how the Indians were living and how they rode their horses. And I especially like the painting of "The Pony Express." I am so glad the Sid Richardson Museum in Fort Worth became part of this project because I'd never be able to get to see these beautiful paintings on my own.

On a scale of 1-5, I'd give this project a 7.