Projects & Events

Art Therapy

Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, Knoxville, Tennessee, October 2012

“It was a wonderful dedication! Thanks so much Elaine and to your Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals for your kind donation to the Ft. Sanders Regional Hospital in Knoxville,Tenn. The photos will bring much joy to the patients and staff there. It was a great day for all!” Cheryl Dickert, Knoxville, Tennessee

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Art for Hospitals
St. Anthony’s Hyland Behavioral Center, St. Louis, Missouri, August 2012.  Many thanks to Steve and Dawn Eckstein who sponsored this photo project in honor of Drew Eckstein.

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International Non Profit Organization

Photo project at the Longido Hospital in Tanzania coordinated by Mary Colacurci and AHHF, August 2012

“Elaine, seriously, this was SUCH a generous and meaningful gift that you made to the hospital. On behalf of all of the people of Longido and the Board of AHHF who undertook the project, ASANTA SANA. As you can see, your gift has been quite impactful.…” Mary Colacurci

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Photography Foundation

Muratsan Hospital Project in Yerevan, Armenia, July 2012.  Many thanks to Christine Mekhitarian for coordinating and helping to fund this project!

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Artwork Donations Hospitals

Press conference in Florence, Italy, May 2012… Elaine Poggi with Sarah Morrison, U.S. Consul General. The photo in the background by Elaine Poggi, part of the Amerigo&America photo collection, was presented to Don Gnocchi Rehabilitation Center in Florence.

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World Photography Organization

“American Contemporary Art in Florence” exhibition was part of the Amerigo&America celebrations in Florence, Italy at the Palagio di Parte Guelfa, May 2012.  On display was the  collection of 15 photos of Tuscany taken by artists living in Florence donated to the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals. The collection was given to Don Gnocchi Hospital in Florence after the exhibition.

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Healing Arts

Service to Humanity Award, November 2011.  Elaine Poggi received the Rotary Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award for Zone 31, at the Rotary Institute held in St. Louis, Missouri, with Rotarians from 13 states attending.

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Art Photographs

Presentation by Elaine Poggi at the Grand Round, Englewood Hospital, New Jersey, December 2010.  

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Art for Hospitals

“Beyond traditional treatment… Establishing art as therapy” Conference in Florence, Italy, March 2010.  Elaine Poggi presented the role of the Foundation in this project and the results of 6 years of research on art as therapy in 3 Cancer Centers in Italy.

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Charity Photography

Donation to CURE Ethiopia Children’s Hospital, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 2009

“Thank you very much for the lovely photographs! Both the staff and patients are enjoying them. Many of our hospital staff have asked me to hang one of the photos in their office, but we have restricted them to where the children spend time. The pictures add to the child friendly atmosphere that we want to display. Again, thank you for your generosity to our hospital. The write up about your organization is being translated into Amharic so that our patients and their families can appreciate all that you are doing around the world.”  Diane Lawrence, Clinical Director, CURE International, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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 Healing Art Photos

Photo Project in Escuela de niñas school clinic, Santa Maria de Jesus, Guatemala, September 2009

“These pictures are at the school clinic in the town called Santa Maria de Jesus (SMJ). SMJ is 99% indigenous, and we are working in ALL girl schools, which is a big improvement in a town were girls are still neglected from society! They are a total of 793 girls in the school from 5 to 13 years old, they are the most beautiful and loving girls in the world. As part of Guatemala SANA www.guatemalasana.org we installed the school clinic, hired the nurse and put all the supplies needed. We are also teaching classes to the students, teachers and mothers. We put a stove, water filter and a refrigerator at the clinic, we started a nutrition program, now the girls are receiving one full meal at the school. We fixed the bathroom and put a water deposit in the school….. So we are doing a lot! This is the town were we will build the 11 bed clinic! I’m sure the photos do say more than I can. Again thank you very much, and please THANK all the photographers on our behalf!”  Jessica Hammer, Project Coordinator, Santa Maria de Jesus, Guatemala

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International Non-Profit Organization

Launch of Photo Project at Arthur Davison Children’s Hospital, Ndola, Zambia, August 2009

“Today, I went to the hospital to official opening of the parcel and launch of the photo project at Arthur Davison Children’s Hospital. I am glad to note and share with you and the Foundation that cheers were the talk of the day on this ever newly born project in form of Beautiful Nature Photos, although high out-cry for more of these wonderfully received photos raised high passionate.”  Geoffrey Mulenga, Project Coordinator, Ndola, Zambia

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Donate Art to Hospitals

Inauguration of “AHRC New York City” Photo Project, Bronx, NY, May 2009

“It was our pleasure to host the meeting and have the opportunity all come together in our beautiful patient x-ray waiting area, resulting from your wonderful partnership with AHRC New York City and their talented photographers. We too were very moved by the program participants whose works of art will benefit the patients, families and staff who utilize this room on a daily basis.”  Linda Loeb, Director of Development, Jacobi Medical Center, Bronx, NY

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Hospital Photo Art

Donation to Children’s Hospital, San Pedr0 Sula, Honduras, April 2009

“CURE International is an organization which has built pediatric orthopedic hospitals around the world, staffing them and training locals, while treating poor children…  The photos arrived and are WONDERFUL!!!!  Your work is a huge blessing for us!!  Thank you very much from the bottom of our hearts!!”  Nancy Schwentker, Team Coordinator, CURE Honduras

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Artwork Donation Hospitals

Presentation of Photos to Ndola Central Hospital, Ndola, Zambia, March 2009

“On behalf of the hospital, everyone and indeed on my own behalf, I am so humbled and thankful to the Foundation for the Photos/Art works at Ndola Central Hospital, the Foundation President, Elaine Poggi, and other donors of these photos for making it a success at our hospital. Without your effort, patients, families, doctors, nurses and visitors would not have been reminded that healing is not only through the tablet or injection but also the peaceful environment through hanging of these beautiful nature photos in hospitals around the globe.”  Geoffrey Mulenga, Project Coordinator, Ndola, Zambia

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Donate Art

“AHRC New York City” Photo Project in Croatia, Varazdinske Toplice, Croatia, January 2009

“Artists /photographers with disabilities at AHRC New York City are excited about given opportunities to contribute their photos in hospital in Croatia. They are becoming contributors and part of the global community fabric – people helping people. We are grateful to Elaine Poggi for connecting all supporting communities!!!  Darinka Vlahek, Director of Curriculum Development, Adult Day Services/AHRC New York City

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 Photography
Presentation at Rotary Firenze Club, Florence, Italy, October 2008

“Sono io che ringrazio te per la piacevole serata e sopratutto per quello che stai facendo con la tua Fondazione per alleviare le sofferenze dei malati negli ospedali. Di nuovo complimenti anche per la qualità delle immagini.”  Claudio Bini, Presidente, Rotary Club, Firenze, Italy

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 World Photography Organization

Donation to Grace Hill, St. Louis, MO, July 2008

“The photographs donated to Grace Hill by Healing Photo Arts and Elaine Poggi have made such a difference in the appearance of our dental and social services departments. Elaine understands the deep rooted connection between Mind and Body and her breathtaking photographs have transformed many of our drab walls and made our patient ‘waiting’ experience more pleasant. Over 90% of Grace Hill’s patients live below 100% of the poverty level and survival is a daily struggle. Our patients come to us troubled and in pain, and we are so grateful at this opportunity to provide services in the serene and beautiful atmosphere created by these photographs.  We are grateful to Healing Photo Arts and Elaine Poggi for this wonderful gift to Grace Hill.”  Villie M. Appoo, Executive Vice President

“The social services waiting room has been completely transformed by the photographs donated by Healing Photo Arts and I have heard so many positive comments from our patients. One of our counselors came to work the day after we had hung up these photographs. He walked into his office, then immediately walked out again with a puzzled look on his face, stating that “this place looks different”.  We love how these photographs have transformed our work space.”  Veronica Richardson, Director of Quality Improvement

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Non Profit Art

High school students from The Overlake School in Redmond, Washington arranged to have photographs placed in the Pailin Hospital in Cambodia.  Pailin, Cambodia, April 2008

“April 2008, students from the Overlake School in Redmond, Washington travelled to Pailin, Cambodia, to teach at an elementary school the Overlake community had built in 2003. While in Pailin, students also installed 10 photographs by Elaine Poggi of the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals in the local Pailin hospital. The students toured the various wards, and visited with the Director of the hospital who identified areas in the hospital to hang the pictures. The Pailin hospital project provided them with insight into third world health care. The students were delighted to be able to bring the beautiful photographs to brighten the environment of the hospital.”  Francisco Grijalva, Overlake’s Head of School, Redmond, Washington

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Photography Organization

Elaine with Sveva Sagramola, commentator for RAI 3 Italian National TV, during an interview for the program “Cose dell’Altro Geo.”  Rome, Italy, April 2008

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Photo Arts

“Street Fair” sponsored by the American Consulate.  Photos were donated to Dynamo Camp Infirmary – A Hole in the Wall Camp, Florence, Italy, September 2007

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Art for Hospitals

Donation Ceremony at Kanto Chuo Hospital, Tokyo, Japan, July 2007

“I am pleased to inform you in addition to Silvia’s report that Donation Ceremony of your Photo/Art to Dr. Ohno was solemnly conducted at 10:30 am of July 7, 2007 in his hospital named Kanto Chuo General Hospital in Tokyo with the attendants of Dr. Ohno, Mrs. Ohno, Mr. Numajiri (Hospital Manager), Giorgio, Silvia, Yoko and myself.  They were excited at the photos that you sent. They actually already had spoken to all the sections within the hospital before photos arrived were photos are required. I am sure by now that all the photos are now booked to be delivered to where or which section.  The hospital has made Letter of Appreciation addressed to Elaine Poggi and Silvia received it on your behalf…  It was indeed nice moment to attend the Ceremony and my understanding about your activity is now deepened further.  Elaine, thank you very much for your donation and with our very best regards.”  Tommy Endo, Tokyo, Japan

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Healing Art Photography

Rotary District 6510 Convention Keynote Speaker – Elaine Poggi, and Photo Exhibition, Rend Lake, IL, April 2006

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Photography Charities

Dedication of photos at Centralia Cancer Center, Centralia, IL, September 2005

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 Hospital Photo Art

 KETC Channel 9 PBS TV interview by Ruth Ezell, “Living St. Louis”, St. Louis, MO, June 2005

“I thought the TV program was wonderful and it brought tears to my eyes. Even though I knew about the foundation and how it came about, it really showed how personal it is to you and how it is all about giving! It is wonderful that you can take your gift as a photographer and share it with so many people when they need it the most. It is also wonderful how you were able use your experience of losing your mother as a way to help others. She would be very proud of you!”  Jenny Van Middendorp, Collinsville, IL

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Photo Art Gallery

IX National Oncology Conference Photo Exhibition, Florence, Italy, December 2004

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 Photography Organization

 V AIOM Italian National Cancer Convention, Keynote Speaker – Elaine Poggi, and Photo Exhibition, Rome, Italy, October 2003

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 Photo Art Gallery

UIC Orientation for 1st year Medical Students, Keynote Speaker – Elaine Poggi, Reception for Photo Exhibition, Chicago, IL, August 2003

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 Healing Artwork

 Sparta Community Hospital Dedication of Photo Display, Sparta, IL, April 2002

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