You are invited…

Elaine Poggi will be a speaker at the Convention – “Abitare la Cura”,  March 1, 2013 in Florence, Italy. The topic of the convention is how humanizing hospitals can encourage healing.  Elaine will suggest how nature art can have a beneficial effect on relieving a patient’s stress and anxiety.   Abitare La Cura

Cancer Center in Sicily receives photos!

Hospital Artwork

Photo by Elaine Poggi, The Maldive Islands

Many thanks to our Contributing Photographers: Christina Buti, Henry Domke, Dan Mangan, Theresa A. Diehl, Lisa Rodolico, Don Paulson, Shelley Gibbins, Randall Kimura, Jim Stracensky, and J Michael Christophre for their lovely photos which were chosen along with Elaine Poggi’s photos for the new Cancer Center in Messina, Italy!

New Contributing Photographer… Davit Kie

Art for Hospitals

Photo by Davit Kie

Many thanks to Davit Kie from Chicago, Illinois for donating his lovely photo to the Foundation!

An Interview…

Elaine Poggi was interviewed for the Italian Oncological Clinical Research Group (GOIRC) website – Check it out! (It’s in Italian!!) Elaine answered questions about the Foundation’s amazing work with hospitals around the world!

Roberta London – Contributing Photographer

Photo by Roberta London

Many thanks to Roberta London from Florida who has joined our Contributing Photographers Program!

Art Resource Directory

The Foundation has just been included in the Manhattan Arts International Art Resource Directory! Many thanks to Renee Phillips!

Hospital Receives Photos

Photo by Elaine Poggi

Our beautiful nature photos are on their way to Forest Hills Hospital in New York! Many thanks to our Contributing Photographers Sophia Jekic’, Robert Terry, Rick Otto, Sabrina L. Ryan, Dawnetta Woodruff, and J. Michael Christophre for their donated photos!

Photo Project in Masuku, Malawi

Our beautiful photos are on their way to a clinic in the Masuku Village in Malawi. Many thanks to Costa Yiannakis for coordinating this project and for all the good work that he and his family do for this village through their own nonprofit – Masuku Tree of Life!!

St. Louis Beacon Article

Bringing cheer, relieving stress

When Elaine Poggi’s mother was hospitalized at Barnes-Jewish with non-Hodgkins lymphoma 12 years ago, Poggi brought in some of her own photographs to make the room more cheerful.

“It was nice for her, it was nice for me, and the nurses and doctors also enjoyed it,” Poggi said.

After her mother’s death, Poggi launched the “Healing Photo Art” foundation, which has now placed thousands of nature photographs in 200 medical institutions on six continents. Local facilities include Barnes-Jewish, St. Anthony’s, Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital and Grace Hill Neighborhood Health Centers.

Poggi, who mostly lives in Florence, Italy, offers her own work and that of other photographers. Images from Tuscany and underwater vistas are favorites. The first 10 to 15 photos are often donated; additional photos and frames are paid for by the facility or through contributions.

In the decade since Poggi began her work, studies have shown the positive results of pleasant health-care settings, including relieving stress and even reducing chemotherapy’s negative side effects. Other research, some of which involved Poggi’s images, has documented the specific impact of landscapes and other nature scenes.

“These patients really want something on the walls, and they prefer nature,” Poggi said. “I feel like we’re on the front end of a trend.”

The Healing Power of Art

Many thanks to Renee Phillips who wrote about our work on her blog Manhattan Arts International – Celebrate The Healing Power of ART: Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals