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January 27, 2011

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January 27, 2011

I hope the impact of this organization is recognized by everyone. The Art of Elysium brings humble volunteers and amazing children together with what can only be described as "passion". The passion for the arts and the passion for life itself makes this organization not only remarkable, but vital in these children's precious lives.

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The Art of Elysium took time to visit Hattiesburg, MS and through the rain and nasty weather still brought a huge crowd to support and donate to this cause.

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Nothing.... With an organization like this all we can do to change is be givers. And challenge ourselves to give and make a difference.

January 27, 2011

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January 27, 2011

The Art of Elysium gives children hope! It brings to them what today's world is missing the most; art and music! The Art of Elysium has always been on of my favorite charities because the amazing work and staff they have involved make it possible to reach a lot of needy children.

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The people involved and the people that they have helped.

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Only make it larger, and grow faster

January 27, 2011

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January 27, 2011

I've heard about The Art of Elysium throughout the various social networks and wondered what was so special about this organization. After reading about them and seeing what an amazing artistic outlet they are providing for so many of these children who are battling various serious medical conditions... I have been moved in their support. Even though I cannot personally volunteer while living in Bulgaria, sharing their stories with others and being a supporter of them is an honor. Best wishes to everyone of the dedicated, hard working members and volunteers!

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the inspiration coming from the volunteers who give of their time to make someone else smile, feel loved, or just to laugh. I personally am inspired to repeat what they are doing and create like models in other parts of the world

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create The Art of Elysium in countries all around the world :)

January 26, 2011

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January 26, 2011

I just started with the Art of elysium as a volunteer last year. I had heard about the program through two people I respect in the acting community. I cant say enough great things Its hands down the best part of my week. Spending time with amazing kids who are so brave. Everyone I encounter through A of E is genuinely passionate about giving kids a couple hours a day to put aside their medical conditions and just be kids. Whether it's to create an improv & make believe, watch an animated storytelling show or create a sock puppet. These kids get to do just that and in return I get to reminded to be a kid too!! I am so blessed to be apart of such a great organization!

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i've heard the laughter from our silly storytelling and watch kids concentrate not on their illness but making glasses for their sock puppets!

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none.

January 26, 2011

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January 26, 2011

I came across The Art of Elysium website a little over three years ago and have been volunteering with them ever since. I love the fact that I can joke and play around while providing joy to hospitalized kids and their families. It's truly been a blessing to me ever since I got involved and brings a smile to my face every time I participate. I've also made some great friends through my affiliation with AOE which was an unexpected bonus.

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regards to being more fulfilled as a human being. Gratitude is good and I am grateful to be able to give of my time and talents. We get thanked by the kids and/or their parents sometimes when we leave, but really we're the ones who should be thanking them because the time spent with them and the smiles we leave with are a gift they give to us.

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find a way to replicate this program all over the US, allowing for volunteers, kids/families outside of NY and LA to enjoy the benefits as well. Right now it does great work with a dedicated staff and fairly limited resources, but I can only imagine how much more wonderful it could be with additional funding.

January 26, 2011

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January 26, 2011

I'd been looking for years for the right organization to volunteer with but kept striking out until I found The Art of Elysium. As an actor, I often had intervals of free time on my hands and was eager to give my time for a good cause. However, my unpredictable schedule didn't work with many volunteer organizations that require you sign up for regular shifts. Art of Elysium is incredibly flexible and works with the chaotic schedule of an artist. You don't have to go through months of training to get started, and the program directors and leaders are fantastic. The best part is, we get to use our talents to help brighten the day of hospitalized children.

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I've seen the faces of children who are in pain light up with excitement when we've distracted them into using their imagination to take them far away from their hospital bed.

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Get more people involved!

January 26, 2011

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January 26, 2011

Simply a fantastic organization! I have been volunteering with the Art of Elysium for about seven months, and the program does such a great job of engaging the kids. There really should be more organizations like this!

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watching how excited the children get.

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have no changes.

January 26, 2011

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January 26, 2011

I just moved to Los Angeles and started with Art of Elysium a month after I got here. I can't say enough good things about it! Interacting with the kids and playing has reminded me of the power of the arts to bring joy and connection to our society and I appreciate it so much. Yes, the main focus is bringing the kids an uplifting experience...I have to say that every time I've participated so far I've left with a smile on my face big enough to carry me through the rest of the day as well! The other volunteers are incredible and friendly and the staff is accessible and capable as well. Bottom line - it's fun and fulfilling!

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Seeing the looks on kids' faces that we interact with.

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None.

January 26, 2011

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January 26, 2011

I have been volunteering in the theater department of AOE for a couple of years now. i love it. The workshops are energetic, engaging and constantly evolving as we learn more about what the kids respond to and what they don't like. The group of volunteers is amazing--full of really dedicated actors, comics, musicians and all around great people. I find being an actor in LA is an incredibly self involved lifestyle and my work with AOE takes me out of myself and into a completely different world. i treasure my time with these amazing children and always look forward to my sessions.

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So many ways: the children love having us there and we know many of them, especially in the residential houses by name. The liveliness and joy that we see is beyond measure.

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I think that this is a fantastic organization. I would make sure that there was more funding so that programs could be added, bringing more children into the fold.

January 24, 2011

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January 24, 2011

I have been doing jewelry & clay workshops with the children of The Art of Elysium for over 13 years. I began when it was serving only a few children & would meet the founder JH at Children's Hospital. Her dedication has created a brilliant non profit organisation with visionary programming which directly benefits the children while they stay in the hospital, and during recovery form their illness or conditions.
As an artist this program gives to all who participate. It is invaluable in its healing and service it provides to the children and their families.

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its personal, artistic & psychological benefits to ill children.

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To have its programming nation wide

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