The Art of Elysium

Rating: 4.98 stars   129 reviews

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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
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Rating: 5 stars  

There are a myriad of Charities from which to choose to donate to, and none are more accessible than The Art of Elysium. Jen Howell's founding story is beyond touching. She moves thousands with her eternal grace and compassion, and you can't help wishing you could do more. The work is magical, and having a niece who was born needing a brain surgery, and sitting in Detroit's children's hospital surrounded by so many little ones whose parents couldn't afford to take off time to spend round the clock to be near their children...was heart wrenching. I truly wish that each and every hospital, and rehab center had The Art of Elysium programs, most hospitals are so dreary, and the kids are already suffering and so scared...they could all be helped so much. It is really amazing how each child lights up when the volunteers show up, and how for those moments they get transported for a quick escape, and they feel so good.
I hope that everyone sees the worthiness of this program, Jen Howell and all of her fabulous volunteers. It is a GREAT Nonprofit.

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

Get them more money to be able to take it National, and even international.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

I wrote about my experience with Art of Elysium on my website:

http://www.daedesign.com/archives/2101

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?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

One of the great things about The Art of Elysium is the emphasis on encouraging those touched by illness to participate and to CREATE -- over my many years of volunteering as a writer, actor, and improv performer, I have been directed by children of all ages (including their parents and other family members) to be a pirate searching the ocean for bumblebees, an elephant looking for his daughter in a secret cave under Disneyland, a bad guy who turns all of the ice cream in Los Angeles into broccoli, a tiny, tiny, tiny little boy who can only communicate by clapping, a surgeon who also happens to be King of the Parasaurolohuses, and countless other incredible characters in creative settings. The joy shared by all during The Art of Elysium's programs is palpable and unforgettable.

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

Add even more programs!

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?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Art of Elysium came into our lives 2 days after my 17 yr. old daughter Katie was diagnoised with AML leukemia. It was a dark time for all of us, no reason to smile or laugh. When Nura walked into our room with her guitar and starting singing to us, I felt a reason to smile. That was what we experienced for the remainder of Katie's 6 month hospital stay. Twice a week we knew we could count on these talent smiling faces to cheer us up, make us laugh or make us feel loved. So thankful for you all.

Linda Ortega

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been doing workshops and bedside visits with The Art of Elysium for several years now and honestly I am honored to be a part of such an amazing group of loving and talented individuals ... I am blessed every time I get to work with them ... They absolutely do make a huge difference in the lives of the children and families we visit. They have an incredible hands on outreach into our community that I have not seen with any other organization

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

Make it bigger to reach even more children and families

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering with the Art of Elysium for about two years now. I always leave after volunteering feeling amazing. I am so honored to be associated with an organization that does such incredible and inspiring work. Art truly heals, not just for the individuals and families being served by this organization, but for the volunteers as well. In addition, The leadership is incredible and compassionate. I have only volunteered for the art side (as opposed to the drama and music portions), but I can say without a doubt that Leslie and Krista are two of the most wonderful people I have met and worked with. Volunteering with them has changed my life for the better, and the Art of Elysium deserves to be recognized for the valuable service that they offer.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

My husband and I have been volunteering with The Art of Elysium since we first met them around 6 months ago. Each and every event has been inspiring, interesting and FUN!!! The organization brings such joy to all of the kids and their families and we are truly honored to be a part of it. My next event is this Thursday and I can not wait!!! :)

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering with The Art of Elysium for a while now and I thank God for finding them. The work they do by helping kids in hospitals and in specialty schools is remarkable and it's making a difference in those kids lives, in my life and thus making the world a better place!

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Such a great organization. Well-organized with great staff. They really respect and show so much appreciation for their volunteers. It is always a pleasure to work with The Art of Elysium, and I have had so many moving experiences in my years of volunteering with them!

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Art of Elysium is the best non-profit I've ever worked with!

I've always wanted to volunteer my time to a worthy cause, but found so many organizations sadly disorganized and difficult to work with.

I've volunteered regularly with the Art of Elysium for 3 years now, and can truly say they are a GREAT organization!

They have AMAZING people working for them, are really well-organized, and take great care of their volunteers...and deeply respect and appreciate the people who volunteer their time..

And of course they are doing fantastic work!

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

Los Angeles

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

make them worldwide!

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

I attended the orientation meeting and am really looking forward to participating with this wonderful organization! The meeting was very casual, friendly, and welcoming.

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

learning about how they help hospitalized children and how I can help.

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

I would expand the program to the Loma Linda Children's Hospital

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