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  

I've known of the Art of Elysium for about 10 years now. Things they do everyday both large and small are amazing. So many children are helped in a vast number of ways, which only they can express how much the charity really means. I've been honored to be able to attend several of the events over the years which allowed me to see this charity's work in action. I hope they continue to grow and are able to help many more kids to come.

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

witnessing uplifted children at Art of Elysium events.

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

I can't think of anything that I would change to make this organization better. The only true way for it to grow and be able to help more children is through donations.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have spent several hours, and several days volunteering for the Art of Elysium. In those experiences I have truly been humbled by all that they do and by the integrity in which they do it. It is a gift to help them and support in the giving they share with all the children in their care. No charity works my tirelessly to bring love and art to the world and no charity does it so wonderfully.

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

witnessing the effect it has on the children they help. It is wondrous.

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

have it reach more hospitals and become a national organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first became aware of The Art of Elysium about 7 years ago. From the very first moment I had the pleasure of meeting the people involved, I was drawn in by their passion and love for what they do. I became a volunteer and was instantly welcomed into the wonderful family that this organization has cultivated.

Over the years I've seen The Art of Elysium grow and the number of children they are able to serve each year rise to over 40,000. All it takes is attending one workshop to see the impact and importance of this group and the positive and lasting effect it has on the children that they have the honor of serving. It is truly an inspiration to not only work with the kids and see the smiles on their faces, but to also see the volunteer artists and what they take away from the experiences as well. It's a beautiful give and take that can forever change the perspectives of everyone involved for the better.

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

My everyday experiences as a volunteer have been humbling and heartwarming to say the least. The obstacles that these children face with such bravery and perseverance are an inspiration to us all.

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

I wouldn't change a thing, other than to give The Art of Elysium the resources necessary to serve more children at more hospitals nationally.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been working with The Art of Elysium for several years now and continue to be an active volunteer. I own my own PR agency and have very few free hours, but always feel that the hours that I spend with TAOE are some of the most valuable hours in my day. I work with several charities and foundations on a regular basis and am on the board of a few, but The Art of Elysium will always have a special place in my heart because I can work hands on with the children and give them an opportunity to feel like a child again, not just a patient. Art has always been an important part in my life and The Art of Elysium truly understands the magical power it can have on a person's life. Even if it just for an hour or two.

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

Art Workshops in Kaiser, CHLA, Cedar Sinai Hospitals as well as Charity Benefits and Summer Workshops.

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

Not at thing.... well it would be nice if I could make it a human obligation for every artist, actor and musician to be a part of it to share their craft and see for themselves how they can bring joy to a child just by sharing their talents!

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Rating: 5 stars  

If you can, imagine every parent's worst fear and having a child with a serious illness or disability. Then imagine seeing that child smile, even it only for a moment. That is to me the essence fo the Art of Elysium. They bring together artist and everyday people willing to give of their time to bring happiness and a sense of accomplishment to children who face great difficulty in life to say the least.

You would also be amazed at the joy and comfort these activities provide for the parents and siblings of these children.

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

Los Angeles

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

Help them grow and reach more children.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first came across The Art Of Elysium when researching charity programs to promote via my music and photography blog. I was immediately drawn due to the emphasis placed on the arts as a tool for rehabilitation as well a process of bringing people together.

On a recent visit to The United States I was lucky enough to witness first hand the work the charity carries out with musicians visiting hospitalized children in intensive care. I was was touched by the positive effect this had on the children and awestruck by the commitment of the artists as well as the volunteers.

In my opinion The Art Of Elysium are working towards an incredibly worthy cause whilst harnessing the skills of some truly talented actors, artists and musicians alike.

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

providing joy to children in hospital through music.

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

There are few things I see need improvement with The Art Of Elysium but I would enjoy them expanding to other countries so that we can volunteer in England as well

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have worked with several charities in the Los Angeles area that work with children and Art of Elysium is in a league of their own in every respect. The staff is incredible and so passionate about what they do that they inspire me both in getting more involved with AoE but also to get more involved with art in general. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to help lift the spirits of children in hospitals while teaching them about art...and it's always a blast! I love to see the smiles on their faces when they complete a project and I'm always looking forward to more opportunities to help out.

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

I've seen the delight, joy and sheer happiness on the children's faces while they take a minute away from being poked and prodded at a hospital to just be kids, have fun, and make art!

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

none, I've seen my share of non-profits that need changes but everything about Art of Elysium is top class

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Rating: 5 stars  

Working with the Art of Elysium has really helped me to realize how incredible this type of work can be. Whether I'm in the hospital actually interacting with the children or taking part in one of the many incredible fund raising events, I get to feel like I'm truly making a difference in the lives of the children. Having the ability to bring a smile to the face of even one child who otherwise may have just spent a "regular" day in the hospital is a truly inspiring experience that for those moments brings down the hospital walls and transports the child and myself to a place that can truly be described as Elysium.

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

many ways. I've seen the lives of severely disabled children brightened by interacting with some of the most creative and talented people I've ever met. They become fully engaged in the workshops and are able to experience artistic activities that they might otherwise never have had the chance to.

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

not change much at all. The only thing I even think I could do is to increase the number of workshops and expand it to as many places as possible!

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

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

Met new friends, helped improve my photography skills, interacted with incredible people

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

AMAZING

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

The inspiration, strength and hope AOE shares daily is priceless. Giving back to our community is something special we all have the ability to do.

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

yes, daily

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

explore with more children

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Rating: 5 stars  

When I first met The Art of Elysium, I was working as a Child Life Specialist at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. The Art of Elysium provided a unique opportunity for children to explore their feelings and experiences. It's hard for many children to express themselves in such difficult times...through a painting, a photograph, a song or play...I was able to see children tell their stories in ways they never knew possible.

Being a member of The Art of Elyisum family for 12 years, I have seen the postive impact on both the children and the artists.

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

in both my profession and personal lives. The impact of The Art of Elysium has helped to shape my own professional philosophy.

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

encourage expansion to other cities outside of Los Angeles and New York City.

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