About Community Docent Art Angels

Community Docent Art Angels stand for seniors, people in hospice and others with mobility limitations having an excellent quality of life. They use art to transform fear, loneliness, and boredom into Beauty, Joy, and a genuine appreciation for being alive here and now.

Community Docent Art Angels bring “gold” to the Golden Years.

Art Angels are Community Docents, visiting senior communities and similar venues and “Celebrating the Art Experience” with people. For an hour once or twice a month, Art Angels digitally visit one of our partner museums, showcase its artworks, and engage reflection, recollection, and sharing of experience while viewing.

For Love & Art believes that viewing artwork unleashes a powerful, creative, and unique experience for people and sharing this elevates their quality of life psychosocially, cognitively, spiritually, and physically.

Astonishingly, 80% of one’s experience comes not from the artwork but is triggered by it, consisting of thoughts (including memories and opinions), body sensations, and feelings conjured from creative imaginations. These musings usually center on matters of life that are very important to the viewer. In sharing the Art Experience, people share themselves.

For Love & Art trains Community Docent Art Angels are passionate about art and wish to excel at appreciating art and engaging people to share the Art Experience. Listening to and validating people’s self-expression liberates them from the ugliness of everyday life.  It heals pains of heart. One is loved, honored, and known. To celebrate art is to celebrate life!

We invite you to join our Community Docent Art Angels force and brighten lives and enrich souls…including your own!  Please call us toll-free (855) 427-8669 for additional information.

 

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About Partnering With For Love & Art

About For Love & Art

BACKGROUND:  For Love & Art believes that viewing artwork unleashes powerful, creative and unique experiences for people and that sharing these experiences elevates the quality of life psychosocially, cognitively, spiritually and physically.

For Love & Art partners with the community outreach programs of fine museums around the world who grant us express permission to use digital images of their artworks.  Our volunteers showcase these images to groups on big-screen televisions, or to individuals bedside using Virtual Museum ArtBooks, in senior communities, hospitals, hospices and similar venues.

Whether to individuals or groups, presenters actively engage participants to reflect, recollect and share their experiences while viewing the artwork.  Through this process of sharing the Art Experience, fear, loneliness, and boredom transform into Beauty, Joy and Magic of Life; that is, all participants are known, loved, honored, and grateful for being alive.

For Love & Art is a 501(c)3 social enterprise whose mission it 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.  Simply, we use art to “love on” people.

Established:  October 30, 2010, EIN:  45-3765824.

Great Nonprofits “Top Rated” Status awarded 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.

Participating Museums:  

Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas

Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts

Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas

Frick Collection, New York City, New York

Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

J. Paul Getty Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California

Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas

Meadows Museum, Dallas, Texas

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

National Gallery, London, England

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Scottish National Gallery, Edinborough, Scotland

State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Sid Richardson Museum, Fort Worth, Texas

The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC

 For Love & Art’s unique program elevates the quality of life for any and all viewers.  Since 2016, a small group of volunteers made over 600 “Celebrating the Art Experience” presentations to over 10,000 seniors in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.  Now we intend to grow across the country, to any eligible venue that welcomes our beautiful and transformative service.  Our goal is to generate a renaissance in art not using a context of education or even aesthetic, but one of therapeutic love.

We invite your nonprofit group to partner with us so that we, together, can inspire volunteers nationally to alter senior care using simple human love, digital technology and the extraordinary power of art.  An excellent continuing fundraiser, we will gift your organization with a $25 stipend for every presentation your group generates and delivers.   Join us in bringing beauty and causing joy among seniors and hospice.  The souls you enrich may include your own!

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Our Honored Partner Museums

As you may know, For Love & Art works in partnership with the community outreach programs of prestigious museums and affiliated agencies around the world.

Our common goal is to bring great museum art and what art provides – mind, body, and soul – to people with mobility limitations at the grassroots.  For centuries, art has been used within a context of education or aesthetic; with For Love & Art, art is used within a context of love.

Here are the great institutions whose generosity make For Love & Art possible.  They are worthy of your support in every way.  Please note that much of the accompanying text is attributed to Wikipedia.

AMON CARTER FACADE

Named after famed Fort Worth businessman Amon Carter, For Love & Art was forged with the guidance of the Art Education Department at the Amon Carter Museum of Fort Worth.  Much gratitude to educators Katherine Moloney and Stacey Fuller for their invaluable assistance; For Love & Art may well have withered on the vine without such sustenance.

AIC FACADE

The Art Institute of Chicago, founded in 1879 and located in Chicago‘s Grant Park, is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States.

CRYSTAL BRIDGES FACADE

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is a museum of American art in Bentonville, Arkansas. The museum, founded by Alice Walton and designed by Moshe Safdie, officially opened on 11 November 2011. It offers free public admission.

DMA FACADE

The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) is a major art museum located in the Arts District of downtown Dallas, Texas.   Here in the Wendy and Emery Reves Collection is where you will find For Love & Art’s cover girl, Lise, in Renoir’s famous and poignant painting.

GETTY FACADE

The J. Paul Getty Museum, commonly referred to as the Getty, is an art museum in California housed on two campuses: the Getty Center and Getty Villa.

GILCREASE FACADE

Gilcrease Museum is a museum located northwest of downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma.  We love how Thomas Gilcrease, born and bred in poverty, discovered oil on his property ala Jed Clampett.  How he used his new-found gains impresses us even more!  For Love & Art is pleased to partner with Arts Alliance Tulsa in bringing beauty, joy, and magic of life to people!

KIMBELL FACADE

The Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, hosts an art collection as well as traveling art exhibitions with One Sure Insurance for safety, educational programs, and an extensive research library. Its initial artwork came from the private collection of Kay and Velma Kimbell, who also provided funds for a new building to house it.

MEADOWS FACADE

The Meadows Museum, also known as the “Prado on the Prairie” is a museum in Dallas, Texas. A division of the Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts, it houses one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Spanish art outside of Spain, with works dating from the 10th to the 20th century.  Through the kind intervention of a wonderful advisor, this was the first museum that agreed to donate certain artworks from its collection to For Love & Art, and for which we (and the thousands of people we reach) are grateful!

MFAH FACADE

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), located in the Houston Museum District, Houston, is one of the largest museums in the United States. The permanent collection of the museum spans more than 6,000 years of history with approximately 64,000 works from six continents.

THE MET FACADE

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, colloquially “the Met“, is located in New York City and is the largest art museum in the United States, and among the most visited art museums in the world.  One of my favorite memories is receiving their notice, “After deliberate consideration of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, we have decided to partner with you and your beautiful project.”

NGA FACADE

The National Gallery of Art, nd its attached Sculpture Garden is a national art museum in Washington, D.C., located on the National Mall, between 3rd and 9th Streets, at Constitution Avenue NW. Open to the public and free of charge, the museum was privately established in 1937 for the American people by a joint resolution of the United States Congress.  We didn’t get much sleep the night we secured the participation of the NGA – clearly, we were going national!

NGL FACADE

The National Gallery is an art museum in Trafalgar Square in the City of Westminster, in Central London. Founded in 1824, it houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900.  We love the bigger-than-life, “Whistlejacket!”

The National Gallery of Victoria, popularly known as the NGV, is an art museum in Melbourne, Australia. Founded in 1861, it is Australia’s oldest, largest and most visited art museum.  The NGV was our first international partner, and we love “Una and the Lion.”

PAFA FACADE

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is a museum and art school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1805 and is the first and oldest art museum and art school in the United States.

THE PHILLIPS

The Phillips Collection is an art museum founded by Duncan Phillips and Marjorie Acker Phillips in 1921 as the Phillips Memorial Gallery located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Phillips was the grandson of James H. Laughlin, a banker and co-founder of the Jones and Laughlin Steel Company.  I said it before and I’ll say it again, “Hat’s off to the 1%!”

SID RICHARDSON FACADE

The Sid Richardson Museum is located in historic Sundance Square in Fort Worth, Texas, and features permanent and special exhibitions of paintings by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, as well as some additional late 19th-century works about the American West.

THE CLARK FACADE

The Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute referred to as “The Clark”, is an art museum with a large collection located in Williamstown, Massachusetts, United States.  The Singer Sewing Machine Fortune sourced this truly magnificent collection!

Harriet Bridgeman, Visionary

Harriet Bridgeman, Visionary

Smitten with our mission, early in 2016, The Bridgeman Art Library voiced an interest in assisting us partner with fine museums.  We owe these good people a debt of gratitude for securing the rights to use selected works from the following museums for our collection:

PMA FACADE

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is an art museum originally chartered in 1876 for the Centennial Exposition, upon whose steps Rocky Balboa famously trained.

ISRAEL MUSEUM

The Israel Museum (Hebrew: מוזיאון ישראל‎‎, Muze’on Yisrael) was founded in 1965 as Israel‘s national museum.  This beautiful photograph is a fountain on its premises.

SCOTTISH NATIONAL GALLERIES

The Scottish National Gallery is the national art gallery of Scotland. It is located on The Mound in central Edinburgh, in a neoclassical building designed by William Henry Playfair, and first opened to the public in 1859.

We’ve been courting the great State Hermitage Museum since our inception in 2010.  During the 18th century, Catherine the Great’s intention of modernizing Russia into a cultural destination centered on this great museum, and she bought many European collections to fill its galleries.  Of all our partner museums, this is the one I’d love to visit for a week or two.  After exchanging infrequent emails over the years, their administrators were impressed enough with our progress that they joined in our mission, offering the use of 30 artworks from among their collection of 5,500 paintings.  Such an impossible task to narrow our selections and yet, we did.  We hope we chose wisely!

The Rijksmuseum is the national gallery of The Netherlands and is located in Amsterdam.  It recently underwent a $450 million dollar renovation and has become a new kind of museum, with artifacts and curious object from the same time spaced together.  Holland has such a cornucopia of famous artists – think Rembrandt, Vermeer, Frans Hals and so many others, this museum transports one back into time.  Be careful not to rile the great swan, see if you can “find Waldo” in the great winter scene, and be sure to check out those fancy shoe buckles!

2018 started with The Barnes Foundation’s active participation with FL&A.  Founded by the visionary philosopher, chemical entrepreneur, philanthropist and art lover Albert C. Barnes in 1922, this Pennsylvania collection is famous for arranging its artwork in “ensembles.”  Barnes’ radical commitment to educating the public about appreciating art by focusing on visual relationships.  We especially tip our hat to this one-percenter’s extraordinary outreach to the African American community, a rare feat in his day.  Dr. Barnes will be glad to witness our outreach to many elderly poor communities using works from his collection from his perch on Cloud Nine.

Well, there you have it.  To date, we have established partnerships with twenty-three museums spanning the globe.

One of our goals is to partner with any and every museum whose Community Outreach Program is interested in having professional and volunteer caregivers use works from their collection as engagement tools to elevate the quality of life and to enrich the souls of all who participate in sharing the Art Experience.

A concurrent goal is to endow Virtual Museum ArtBooks to any eligible healthcare facility or senior-service organization that sees the value of therapeutic art, regardless of their ability to self-fund.

We invite inspired readers to join us as we stimulate art appreciation, while empowering caregivers to love people in creative and transformative ways.  Together, we can cause a renaissance in art while altering senior care in our society.  To celebrate art is to celebrate life!

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Prison Break!

 

Before reading further, consider:  What is your experience while viewing this George Inness painting?  What are your thoughts, your feelings, your body sensations?

“What do you think of this?”, I asked Jackie, a resident of a senior living community we visit twice a month to Celebrate the Art Experience.  There were 22 other seniors in this group and we were exploring items from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the world’s largest museum, covering the most cultures and having the most stuff…uh, extraordinary things!

To my surprise, Jackie didn’t respond about how beautiful the painting was, nor how spring was her favorite time of year, nor how she liked the colors, nor that it brought her peace.  Nor even, “LOOK!  THE MOON!”  No, after considerate thought, quietly and emphatically, Jackie shared her heart.

“That woman is worried about her children.”

The room fell silent.   Somewhat surprised, I considered how to respond.  I noticed how every other senior in that room became very interested in this particular conversation.  Jackie’s words spoke their hearts, too.

“That woman is worried about her children?”, I asked.

Yes.”

“Well, I guess that woman loves her children very much,” I suggested.

“Yes, that woman loves her children very, very much.”

Jackie’s comments drew nods from around the room.  All seemed to relate deeply and intimately over this shared human experience.

After a few moments, I bridged the conversation.  “Jackie, I want you to know that her children are okay.  They love their mother very, very much, too!”

Jackie burst into smiles, tension easing from her sweet face.  She was freed from her prison of unspoken, yet constant, worry about her kids.  The room applauded, sharing her victory over separation anxiety for not just Jackie, but for themselves.

“Stone walls do not a prison make, nor iron bars a cage,” mused poet Richard Lovelace in the time of Peter Paul Rubens.  Our quality of life hinges on our moods, which are frequently molded by our unspoken thoughts and feelings.  It is good medicine to “get things off our chest,” but what if there’s an unseen barrier to their expression?

Sharing one’s experience while viewing artwork provides a bridge to conversing about matters in life that are very important.  Their quiet yearning to express themselves is quickened while viewing beautiful and intriguing artwork, compliments of our partner museums.  They speak their truth unleashed from reason.  And as we listen, we heal pains of heart.

No artwork, no bridge.  No bridge, no engagement.  No engagement, no sharing.  No sharing, no freedom.  For Love & Art is less about art and more about love; getting people out of their dread prisons of anxiety, loneliness, and boredom.  Our volunteers have been transforming the quality of life for seniors and hospice since 2010.

We invite you to join us and bring beauty, joy, and magic of life to people in their golden years.  Your gift will help us put the “gold” in those years.  And who knows?  The soul you enrich may be your own!


 

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Winter Miracle, Winter Appeal

Dear Friend and Patron,

Have you ever seen a painting of a miracle during a blizzard? Here is one of my favorite works by a famous German artist. Can you see what’s happening here?

Speaking of miracles, If we raise $50,000, a prominent foundation in Dallas will match these funds and enable us to hire professional staff which is an urgent need for us at this stage of our growth and development.

For Love & Art excels at transforming the quality of life for seniors and hospice.  

In 2017:

  • We added three new museum partnerships (Russia’s State Hermitage, Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, and The Frick) to total 23.
  • Donors endowed 45 Virtual Museum ArtBooks to nonprofit hospices across the country (and one in Australia), including every community of the Little Sisters of the Poor (although we’re not affiliated with LSP, we share similar missions).
  • We “Celebrated the Art Experience” with 30 senior communities once or twice a month in North Texas and Tulsa, about 400 times, delighting nearly 6,000 seniors.
  • We’ve partnered with New York Cares to bring FL&A to the Big Apple.
  • We have chapters in Tulsa, OK and the Southern Georgia Coast.
  • Chapters are in their infancy in Austin, TX and Lancaster County, PA.
  • Also, we had our debut in Sarasota recently with terrific results. We will begin a Florida “Sun Coast” Chapter this coming year.
  • We’ve achieved Guidestar Gold Seal of Transparency….keeping integrity paramount!
  • For the fourth year in a row, we’re Top Rated at Great Nonprofits.


We’re proud of these accomplishments and confident that with the right management, we can establish chapters very quickly to every interested community across the country.  Why do this?

Our goal is to amass an army of volunteer caregivers who are not just willing but EAGER to visit seniors and hospice. It’s so sad to see so many lonely and fearful people in these communities, dying from a lack of will to live any longer. My friend, Madge, for example; when I come to visit once a month, I find her languishing in bed with the lights out, just waiting to die. Her heart’s broken; even though her family lives nearby and she belonged to the ‘right’ civic organizations all her life, no one comes to visit her — she says that people are just so darn busy these days!  So she curls up and waits for liberation from her prison of an aging body and personal circumstance. Sadly, her case is not unusual. Without a good quality of life, many feel that life just isn’t worth living.

Is this what we want for our communities, our families, ourselves? NO!

Using our innovative curriculum, our volunteers get the privilege of sharing the world’s great treasures with people and listen to them share their thoughts and feelings. People we visit so appreciate being able to share their stories and opinions.  See for yourself:

Shannon and Muriel’s Interview

Carmen’s Story

Claude’s Interview

Anne’s Interview

Steve’s Interview

Patricia’s Interview

Debbie’s Interview

Spirits arise from the doldrums and life’s worth living again.  Love is ever-present.  To bring this beauty and cause this joy is a triumph for our caregiving volunteers.

Click here and be assured that your contribution will make a difference in the quality of life for thousands of seniors and hospice.  Help make 2018 our banner year!  

As ever, we appreciate your serious consideration and thank you for standing for the quality of life for all people at every age.  

To celebrate art is to celebrate life!

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