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Hospital Audiences, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts, Culture & Humanities, Human Services, Mental Health, Mental Health & Crisis Intervention

Mission: HAI provides cultural access through music, dance, theatre and the visual arts, reaching out to the frail elderly, mentally and physically disabled, seriously ill children at health and social service facilities and youth in grades K - 12.

Programs:

HAI’s On-Site Performance Program schedules over 200 monthly performances of live music, dance and theatre events at health, social service and educational facilities.

This program is made possible by a variety of grants including funding from the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Office of Mental Health, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the New York City Department of Homeless Services, the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development as well as the New York City Department of Education.

Additional support comes from the ASCAP Foundation, which underwrites performances by prominent senior ASCAP composer / performers who share their musical experiences, histories, knowledge and talents with HAI audiences. Music That Heals, a program established by two HAI artists, Kathy Lord and Susan Weber, funds music performances for seriously ill children. The Howard Bayne Fund provides support for cultural opportunities for homeless individuals and families.

HAI’s roster of professional artists is also available for corporate and special events. Booking an HAI artist is another way to support the charitable mission of HAI.

Professional performing artists are selected through an audition process and represent the wide spectrum of cultural communities, including bluegrass, classical, folk, international, rock,  rap, dance (of numerous genres), circus arts, and theatre events.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for over 25 years and it has been the most rewarding experience. The people at HAI are so wonderful and totally focussed on helping the disadvantaged.Even though they started out helping hospitalized children their mission over the years has expanded to include so much more.Recently they used ther buses to take volunteers to Rockways to help Sandy victims.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a new volunteer at the HAI Saturday Art Studio and I relish my time working with this group of dedicated artists who come here each week to connect through art making. I am continually blown away by the art that comes out of this nurturing and supportive environment and am so grateful to be part of this program. As a working artist I find this experience has enriched my own practice by experiencing so many new ways of thinking about art.

Cassandra4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HAI is an excellent service organization filling the needs of so many NYC residents. I've personally had the opportunity to volunteer for a large number of their programs across all of their departments and have seen the significant impact that their services have on individual lives. Their after-school programs provide a much needed outlet for hundreds of students at schools throughout the five boroughs, giving them the opportunity not only to express themselves but to learn about new forms of expression by attending plays and performances in this culturally diverse city. Their arts workshops are probably my favorite program. They provide a Saturday Workshop with free materials to individuals with little to no training and who have often been marginalized because of mental illness. I value the time that I've spent serving with HAI, and the positive impact on communities throughout NY that I've personally witnessed as a volunteer with their services. I will undoubtedly continue to serve with them in the future.

Frank O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer art instructor at the HAI Saturday Art Studio for almost 3 years, and it has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I often feel that the workshop participants have taught me far more than I have taught them. As an art director, graphic designer, illustrator, and teacher at Parsons the New School for Design, I have found my practice immeasurably expanded through volunteering at HAI. The enthusiasm and creativity of the participants has opened up my thinking about visual art more than I would ever have imagined. Most importantly, I feel like part of an extended family. It is an honor to be part of it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Five years ago a friend recommended HAI (Hospital Audiences) as a great venue for volunteering. Since I finally had some time to donate and to “give back”, I started volunteering at HAI. My goal was to provide my services to others by facilitating their attendance at cultural events and thus enhancing their lives.
Little did I know that, thru my years of volunteering at HAI, my life would also be enhanced and enriched!
There are no words to describe my joy at watching someone in wonderment as they experience, sometimes for the first time, a cultural experience which they never would have gotten to see if not for HAI.
I hope to continue to see first- hand the benefits experienced by the community which HAI serves for many years to come.

Ulrike F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HAI has a program for blind and visually impaired people. They describe live theater and when I volunteer for example at the Radio City Christmas show and the kids go up to the describer afterwards and hug them and tell them how much the enjoyed the show, I know I am doing a great thing. Way to go HAI

Volunteer

Rating: 4

HAI provides a invaluable source of entertainment and cultural education for our city's under-served and handicapped communities. A diverse array of events are offered to the members of HAI and as volunteers, we have the pleasure of providing admission to these activities, while being able to engage in a very personal and intimate setting. I have had the pleasure of enjoying dance recitals, baseball games, and community dances with our community and have shared their moments of joy and excitement. The HAI program truly makes everyone's lives a little better.

Paula H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I retired in 1997 and for 3 years I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my spare time. The first year of my retirement my husband took ill and passed away. Therefore I had even more time on my hands.

I met up with my cousin's coworker at a family function, and knowing that I used to arrange theater groups, he told me that he volunteered for an organization called Hospital Audiences (HAI). He told me the functions of a volunteer and how they help distribute tickets for events to groups that come from hospital facilities for the physical and mentally disabled, and it was like I had an ephiphany. I suddenly knew what I wanted to do with my spare time.

I went for the interview and got the job as a volunteer. I have been volunteering with HAI for over a year and it has been a wonderful experience. I couldn't have worked for a nicer group of people.

The joy on the faces of the people we serve is a reward in itself as they enjoy the different events that are scheduled.

I try to volunteer on a average of 4 times a month because I know that many of these residents look forward to these outings.

I am also pleased that I also enriched my own cultural experience as a volunteer and I get to take my granddaughter with me as my guest to share in the cultural experiences.

I love volunteering for this agency. After 40 years of working at a job because I had to, I am finally doing something that I love to do and helping others enjoy this experience as well.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for over 20 years now and the reason I keep volunteering is that everytime I help Hai I get immediate gratification from seeing the joy on the faces of the charity participants.
Unfortunately although New York has so many wonderful live events the cost of attending is way beyond the means of the people being serviced by HAI. It is wonderful to see cheildren experience a live event for the first time and just as wonderful when a senior that thought it wouldn't happen again experience it.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love what we do at HAI.
It's well run and our participants are happy with what we give them access to.
I'm looking forward to seeing HAI become a public service.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

This is a fantastic organization. They bring so much to the people they help and it's great to be a part of that.
You walk away with a great feeling that you helped to bring a small bit of joy to these people's lives and at the same time, you get to enjoy a fun event with them.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with HAI for several years now and their wonderful work never ceases to amaze me. My own experience helping to entertain Vets coming to N.Y from Walter Read Hospital, in Washington, is truly life changing. These young people have had unspeakable physical and mental trauma, and their lives have been changed forever. For some, it's their first time coming to the "Big Apple" and I hope that for a few days we can help put a smile on their faces, as well as their families. I believe that by getting out of their daily envionment and routine has to make even a small difference. HAI has been very professional, sensitive, & supportative to these groups on all of their visits. I hope we can continue to play a small part in the lives of these very special people.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

it is incredible volunteering for HAI. Seeing what experiencing the arts can do for the population they serve, discussing events and engaging with the HAI groups after, you can see how it changes lives! They also have fabulous programs with seniors getting Valentines, Homeless gifts for the Holidays, and creating amazing experiences with Vets & Soldiers.

Review from Guidestar