For Love & Art's mission is to bring the Art Experience to people with limited mobility. We stimulate art appreciation while empowering caregivers to love people in creative and transformative ways. Our commitment is to transform fear, loneliness, an... Read more
For Love & Art's mission is to bring the Art Experience to people with limited mobility. We stimulate art appreciation while empowering caregivers to love people in creative and transformative ways. Our commitment is to transform fear, loneliness, and boredom into Beauty, Joy, and Magic of Life!
FL&A partners with an ever-expanding collaboration of fine museums who have given us express permission to use artworks from their collections as engagement tools for seniors and those in hospice. Together, we reach populations at the grassroots that would otherwise have no chance to see, let alone contemplate and discuss, these beautiful and intriguing works of art.
In "Celebrating the Art Experience," trained FL&A volunteers visit senior communities and showcase a particular collection on the big-screen television while actively engaging audience members to share their experience (e.g., express their thoughts and feelings) while viewing. All points of view are considered, validated, and appreciated. Through sharing of experiences, fear, loneliness, and boredom transform into Beauty, Joy, and Magic of Life for each participant. The context here is not to educate, but to uplift psychosocially, cognitively, spiritually, and physically.
Our Virtual Museum ArtBooks contain nearly 2,000 digitized artworks compartmentalized by a museum. Endowed to hospices and used by volunteers bedside. When sharing, people tend to focus on matters in their lives that are very important to them. This level of intimacy and trust between caregiver and those they serve is a necessary prerequisite for inducing meaningful end of life conversations. It supplants any fear of dying with gratitude for having lived a wonderful life.
My name is Bob and I am a philosophy professor who just witnessed your program. I loved the art. I thought it was a good representation of different viewpoints of artists and there were different levels of reality that they showed, and that is what's important to me as a philosopher. Art, to me, reveals existence and being, so art and philosophy go together. They help each other. Art reveals philosophy, philosophy interprets art. Like ham and eggs!
On a scale from one to five, I enjoyed this program on a 5 level, no doubt about it because of the presentation of the various types of techniques and various subject matters and the discussions are so important to get people to see art as revealing realities. And I heard some good things from my fellow residents. I feel I got to know my residents better because of their commentary.
I appreciate you bringing the National Gallery of Art to us and I'm looking forward to you coming back again!
My name is Cynthia Winters. I just sat through a For Love & Art presentation. I didn't know what to expect, but 3 or 4 paintings into it, it was obvious that I was witnessing something truly monumental. All the paintings were beautiful, and I am so thankful to have been able to be a part of it.
I have to admit that I truly tried to be part of this activity and shared my experience of what I was seeing at every opportunity. I will absolutely come back to this show, every chance I get. I rate this program a "5," no doubt in my mind, it is the best performance I've ever gotten. I've been living in this community going on nine years and this is the best performance I saw. You deserve high praise.