The Art of Elysium

Rating: 4.99 stars   137 reviews 12,790

Issues: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Health

Location: 3278 Wilshire Blvd - Penthouse Los Angeles CA 90010 USA

Mission: The Art of Elysium, a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization founded in 1997, encourages working actors, artists and musicians to voluntarily dedicate their time and talent to various communities in need of creativity and inspiration. We provide artistic workshops in the following disciplines: Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Music and Theatre/Media Arts
Target demographics: The Art of Elysium, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization founded in 1997 by Jennifer Howell, encourages working actors, artists, fashion designers and musicians to voluntarily dedicate their time and talent to various communities in need of creativity and inspiration. We provide artistic workshops in the following disciplines: Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Music and Theatre/Media Arts.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 43000 individuals
Geographic areas served: Los Angeles and New York
Programs: The Art of Elysium provides a wide range of fine and performing arts workshops and activities designed to: • Help marginalized populations cope with the difficult emotional challenges of illness and hospitalization: • Promote opportunities for growth and development, • Encourage socialization, • Provide exposure to various artistic skills and disciplines. The Art of Elysium’s programs include Fine Arts, Fashion Design, Music, Media/Theatre Arts and Arts-Based Self-Esteem Programs. For more information about volunteering in our hospital programs, please contact Leslie Culp, Program Director-LA, at lculp@theartofelysium.org
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EIN 95-4673306
213-389-3201
http://www.theartofelysium.org

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I am so grateful to have discovered The Art of Elysium over 5 years ago as a volunteer, and it only keeps getting better! The work we are able to do with children and other populations of need is extremely valuable. I am blessed to get to see daily the way a hospital room or treatment facility is transformed as laughter, love and art fill the room and change both the patient and the artist volunteer for good. It is an amazing organization filled with some of the best people I've met in Los Angeles! I can't think of a better way to spend your time and invest your resources. Join us in our mission to heal the world through art!

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I have had the utmost pleasure to work with The Art of Elysium for over a year now. The Art of Elysium is more than just a job, more than just about volunteering, it is simply a way of life. This organization runs very professionally and efficiently. I enjoy working with fashion and other design professionals to assist medically disabled youth, to make their own creative forays into the world of high fashion, through colorful hospital workshops and bedside projects. Lead workshops that might include: jewelry and clothing design, a fashion photo shoot, makeovers, styling and more. The Art of Elysium has various curriculum for artists interested in volunteering with Fine Arts, Acting / Writing, Music and Movement, and Fashion and Design. It is enjoyable watching them grow as the full circle concept, while they branch out working with elders and the homeless both in Los Angeles and New York!

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To simply say that it is an honor to be a part of this organization is a gross understatement. At AOE we are not only blessed enough to be able to serve communities in need - but the impact that the work has on our artists serves an entirely new purpose. Being able to give the gift of art/happiness to both communities in need and the countless of volunteers that work for us means more than anyone could possibly explain and is a cause unlike any other!

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The Art of Elysium is, by far, the most inspirational organization I've ever witnessed. As an artist and business owner, I am continually moved (blown away), by the hard work, vision and heart of the Founder, Jennifer Howell and the devoted team that she has.
Together, their creative outreach programs have touched and have had a priceless impact on countless lives. It's a joy to see The Art of Elysium continue to grow and reach even more children and adults with the healing power of art and love.

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I have been volunteering with The Art of Elysium for many years now. Not only does it bring joy to the populations served, the experience provides the artist a chance to be reminded of a their greater purpose.
A circle of giving. A truly full circle charity. Thumbs WAY up!

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One of the most amazing charities I have ever worked with - seeing what they do first hand at the hospitals has been both an honor and a privilege.

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An amazing opportunity to share your creativity and passion with those in need.

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It has been my honor to be a part of the growth and impact of this organization since 2012. From medically fragile children, elders and our recent expansion to homeless communities, it is our mission to heal the world through art. By connecting inspired artists to differing challenged communities through out Los Angeles and New York, we are able to facilitate the creative exploration and liberation of communities in crisis. Proudly serving approximately 43,000 individuals in 2014, it is our intention to continue to extend our reach to veteran's hospitals and prisons in the near future. Whilst it is an honor to watch the joy that creativity brings to the communities we proudly serve, it is equally gratifying to see the fulfillment that our artists experience by giving away their talents so generously and freely. I am extremely excited about our future and look forward to being a part of the creative solution.

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The Art of Elysium has been a part of my life for the last 8 years. I have had the pleasure of working with the communities they serve in very facets and love that they have widened the scope of their services to include other people in need of inspiration. Donate your time, money, anything you can to this extremely worthy cause.

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I have been blessed to have so many various roles with The Art of Elysium and have seen the organization from all sides. This year the artists have expanded to work with hospitalized youth, elder care facilities, the homeless community and will be expanding into prisons and veterans hospitals. The greatest gift is to be of service through our personal creative process. The AofE bridges the gap between artists and those in need and that is a true blessing.

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I am blown away on a daily basis by the children that we work with, the artists that both inspire and are inspired, the staff that brings me so much joy and the gift of being of service that The Art of Elysium provides.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would take it to every city in the world where this a child facing medical challenges and an artist in that community who can serve through their creativity.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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I am the founding board member for The Art of Elysium and over the past 13 years I have seen every side of this organization's mission. I have witnessed the impact that the creative workshops have had on the hospitalized children we serve and I have seen the miracles the exchange has given to the artists that volunteer their time. It is a full circle exchange of creative miracles that do not just impact the participants during the workshops but forever change both the patients and volunteers. The Art of Elysium is a community of artists that truly believe in the power of creativity and the healing power of art. We are blessed that we are able to serve as a bridge between the artistic community in both Los Angeles and New York and to children facing hospitalization and medical various medical conditions. We are sincerely grateful for every staff member, volunteer, artist, parent and child that we are fortunate enough to work with. The organization is growing and will continue to grow by the goodwill and support of all involved and yet to come into the charity. The best way to understand the mission of The Art of Elysium is to spend time as a volunteer. Get involved!

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I have personally experienced the results of this organization in all areas of my life. Every time I step into a hospital to dedicate my time to one of the various art workshops, my spirit is moved and expanded by the act of being of service and sharing my creativity. It is the most humbling and rewarding experience and I try my very best to be volunteering at the hospital at least once a week. My soul craves it.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would make sure that it had the infrastructure and support to be in every city where there was a child facing the isolation of hospitalization and an artist in the community willing to share their creative process.

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