The Art of Elysium

Rating: 4.98 stars   129 reviews

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 children who are battling serious medical conditions. We provide artistic workshops in the following disciplines: acting, art, comedy, fashion, music, radio, songwriting and creative writing.
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.
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 children 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 for hospitalized youth 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
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

To have a direct affect on a child in need, to see a smile grow into hysterical laughter from a child in pain, to inspire creativity and imagination from a hospital bed- there is no greater (or easier) contribution to one's society.

Unfortunately hospitals offer little entertainment for their patients, and the numbing boredom can truly take a toll on someone so young and impressionable. As performers and artists we seek for an audience who appreciates our work, our time, and our commitment to a craft. Art of Elysium is the perfect pairing between the artists who yearn to create and inspire and the children who truly need it most.

However it doesn't stop there. Every day I find myself excited and personally inspired by the amazing staff at Art of Elysium. I consider each one as part of my family. The organization can't survive without it's volunteers, and those volunteers wouldn't have access without the incomparable group that leads.

I urge everyone to get in and experience the magic for yourself, for once you enter a child's life, both will forever be changed.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

A great positive spike in my mental, physical, personal, and professional health.

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

Recruit all of my friends to volunteer, because they are sorely missing out.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Every time is perfect. Literally. That is why I return weekly.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

My life has been changed for the better in all aspects and I see beauty everywhere I go because of it.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Ecstatic, inspired,

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a grateful and appreciative volunteer with The Art Of Elysium. For the past 3-1/2 years, every hospital visit and outside event I have been a part of has enriched my life in so many ways. Some Non-Profits are focused purely on the celebrity status and fundraising parties. While these components are important, it defeats the purpose if the children are not truly touched. I chose to volunteer with AOE because we roll up our sleeves together and watch the magic happen. The love, passion, heart & soul that Stacy, the AOE Fine Arts Manager, puts into each daily visit at these different hospitals is truly remarkable. Anyone who has volunteered knows how emotionally challenging it can be at times. I commend her dedication and love for this program and the children involved. They benefit so much. Art is healing. Seeing the faces on these beautiful children (and parents) as they feel free to create and express themselves is such a reward. Every day is a lesson in love, creativity, art history........and life.

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All of the volunteer days/projects I have been a part of at. UCLA Children's Hospital WW, SM, City of Hope, Kaiser, Shriners Hospital..etc..have been magical. I leave each visit and a small part of me has been changed....

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

..ask the kids what they would like : ) They are the reason we all do this...

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Rating: 5 stars  

The AOE is a phenomenal organization. Through its' professional staff, volunteers and programs it gives children a chance to forget and put aside, for just a moment, the terrible disease that has invaded their lives; and enjoy life and be a kid again. It gives back some happiness and pride, which has been unfairly stripped from their young life.

The professional staff bring a smile back to people who direly need something to smile about. And, that's the most important mission a person (organization) can have. Bravo for what the AOE does!! May it continue for many years

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending their fantastic events where you can see the smiles on the youngsters faces

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

Increase its visibility in the community and increase donations profusely to help the kids.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I absolutely love The Art of Elysium! I've been involved since it's very beginning and I can't adequately express in words the change it's made in me and my life as well as the lives of thousands of children and other volunteers. Hope and joy is spread on a daily basis by the AOE army--I am deeply grateful to be a part!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

volunteering in the hospital and working in development. I've heard countless testimonials regarding the impact of AOE's mission as well as experienced the joy myself!

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

give them a bigger budget so they could provide all the programs imaginable.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Art of Elysium is a more than a great non-profit, it is a family of teachers, visionaries, and creatives that truly inspires children and families from all over that are in need of hope and love.

Attending their annual children's exhibition "Little Pieces of Heaven," you can really see the light in the children's faces when they see their artwork on the walls, and they forget that they are sick or in pain. The Art of Elysium brings joy and strength to their families as well, a truly emotional moment. It's not only the feeling of happiness that the children experience, but the artwork is beyond amazing, you can tell that the children are learning a valuable skill and expression through the arts workshops.

All the arts programs and events that The Art of Elysium coordinates is a great gift to the Los Angeles communities and it's been a great pleasure to see their vision come to light!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

working with the kids in hospitals during their workshop at Shriners hospital, and assisting The Art of Elysium staff in coordinating art exhibitions/events.

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

expand it's workshop programing in every state and hospital nation wide.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Art of Elysium is an amazing organization that helped me through some of the toughest years of my life. I have been in and out of the hospital frequently for my Cystic Fibrosis and the workshops provided by The Art of Elysium gave me something to take my mind off of what was going on and a creative outlet with which to express myself. I am blessed to be working with them now as an ambassador.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The hospital where I attended various art and music workshops.

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

Change absolutely nothing!

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Rating: 5 stars  

This charity is not only inspiring for art lovers but for lovers of life. It's a true lesson in selflessness and love. It brings everything right back to what life is all about which is giving to others and being inspired constantly by creativity because sometimes that's akk we've got.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing what happens when art reaches children

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

Involve all my friends and stress the fact that art can have an impact on life

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Art of Elysium has truly enriched my life as an Oil Painter and Fine Art Teacher. The sole place I currently share my blind contour technique with students is at Art of Elysium sponsored hospitals. I had a particularly rewarding experience this past week with a young man named Isaac. Isaac let me know that he had not picked up a paintbrush in years as his creative focus has always been music. He was, however, willing to give painting a try. I demonstrated a quick sketch of Isaac, looking directly at him and never stealing a peak at my paper. He laughed at the uncanny resemblance, then gave it a try himself. Making his Grandma nervous with his intent stare, Isaac drew a fun, abstract rendition of his Grandmother. I had Isaac fill in all of his sketch with a variety of wacky colors and patterns. The result was truly whimsical and Isaac even declared himself proud of his unique canvas. We both had a wonderful time. Allowing me to share my joy for art is a precious gift that The Art of Elysium graciously provides.

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

Volunteering w AOE has been a life changing experience. I'm so happy to have contributed a small portion of my time to such a worthy cause. Being able to bring positive light and influence into the lives of these children facing such challenging medical issues is such a great experience. The struggles the children face is heartbreaking - AOE's mission is crucial.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the workshops at the UCLA Medical Center and Shriner's Hospital....

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

Donate more time and money. AND encourage Apple to donate i-pods to AOE so they could be distributed to the children @ each workshop. Opening their ears with music would be another incredible way to broaden their artistic horizons....

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles is forever grateful for the amazing support we have received from the Art of Elysium throughout the years. Our programs, which help individuals suffering from seizures, have ALL been successful thanks in great part to their creativity and willingness to help!

We are honored to be involved with such a wonderful organization and look forward to continuing a great partnership!

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

I would do absolutely nothing!! They are awesome.

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