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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

48 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

4 Connie Claire W.

Donor

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to visit with Mark Lombard as he shared this Digital art book with residents of a nursing home. Each senior was touched deeply and appeared to "come alive" as they were introduced to the Masters. An Art book should be in every nursing home, VA hospital, Hospice and school in the world! And Mark should be cloned!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

For Love and Art came from the imagination of Mark Lombard. He wanted to bring the art work of the Great Masters to those who are homebound. A dream of my mother's was to travel to Museums once my father retired. Unfortunately he had a stroke that affected his mind. He spent time in a nursing home. Having a digital art book, my mother and he were able to "travel" without leaving the home. Once he passed the book was donated to the Nursing Home in my parents' memory so others could enjoy it. If you have, or have had a loved one confined to home, a nursing home, a VA, group home or even hospice, consider donating a book in their honor or memory. Consider giving one to a school so children can see the work of the Masters in a medium so much more vibrant than in a regular book. This organization is caring and well run. I would recommend it to everyone.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The "For Love and Art" digital museum guide has been a much appreciated, easy to use tool for our Grace Hospice patient companions. Our patients can now escape into the vibrant gardens by Claude Monet and admire Edgar Degas ballerinas without ever leaving their bedside. This guide draws patient and caregivers attention away from their reality and instead allows them to focus on exploring various museums instead.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

For Love and Art has gifted many of the member hospices of the Texas Non Profit Hospice Alliance with these incredible art books. The passion, detail and professionalism and incredible generosity that FL&A brings to this project has allowed our non-profit hospices all across Texas to bring the transformational experience of art to the bedsides of those who can no longer visit a museum. This is an organization that has touched the lives and spirits of those at the end of life and made a true difference. Thank you For Love and Art!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We wanted to take the chance to thank you again for all your generosity and assistance with getting the ArtBook to Isabella Geriatric Center here in New York. On Friday, November 12th, my colleague Julia and I went to Isabella to present the ArtBook to the staff. We met with a variety of individuals who are going to spearhead the usage of the ArtBook. Particularly, we met with the recreational therapists from both rehabilitation and end of life care units at Isabella. Additionally, the Marketing Coordinators and other administrators were thrilled to see the partnership forming between For Love & Art, New York Cares and Isabella.

The staff brought a few residents down to the meeting room to see how the ArtBook operated. The response was extremely positive. In fact, one woman let us know she had not been to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in over 40 years and was thrilled to have the pieces brought to her through For Love & Art. The staff was excited to use the book on a variety of units and knows it will make a meaningful impact on the residents. So thank you on behalf of both Isabella and New York Cares.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the CEO of a Continuing Care Retirement Community. A family member of a resident that we recently served in our health care center wanted to honor her memory with a gift from For Love and Art. We are so thrilled to have this virtual museum to share with our residents, especially those who either can't or won't come out of their rooms to participate in activities. We have so many great things for our residents to do but we often struggle to find just the right tool for one on one visits with residents in their rooms. The virtual museum is such a wonderful way to share beautiful art with folks who have lived wonderful lives but now suffer - some in mind; some in body; but never in spirit. We are really looking forward to lifting their spirits with the beauty we now have in our hands. We are so greatful to the family of our resident for honoring her and sharing this wonderful gift with us. God Bless.

4 Carmen P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am honored to be featured in one of your videos to help spread the word of a beautiful cause. My mother was the client served. Such a beautiful memory I have of the day you visited us when my mom was still alive! The digital photo books showed masterpiece paintings from famous museums all over and it seemed to have brought joy to my mom's heart and wake up her soul again - She enjoyed so much looking at the art and traveling to museums through the digital ArtBooks and she also enjoyed talking about the art work she painted throughout her years. I will always remember and cherish this day. I hope your organization continues to grow to bring joy to many others who are not physically able to get out. Much love to you Mr. Mark Lombard You are a beautiful soul!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Digital Art Book was donated to the Mark Taper and Johnny Mercer Artists Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. It has been used by our Artists in Residence in the weekly art workshops we hold in the hospital for patients. We are very grateful for this donation and we are proud to showcase the amazing pieces of art collected in this book and increase arts appreciation and education in every patient and family member who see it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Very beautiful. This project is one of the most life changing charities that I have been exposed to.
I really loved this project. Absolutely a work born out of love