The Art of Elysium

Rating: 4.98 stars   130 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 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
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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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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Rating: 5 stars  

AOE rocks and is one of the best non-profits around. The importance of creativity to motivate and inspire can sometimes be over looked. AOE provides inspiration and delivers hope.

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

Los Angeles

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

Volunteer more

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Rating: 5 stars  

AOE is a great charity. It brings joy to everyone involved the kids, the parents and the volunteers.

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

I've personally experienced the results of this organization many times. You can see it on the kids faces, actually their mood changes.

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

The program is great, it would be nice if it expanded to reached more children.

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Rating: 4 stars  

Years back a close friend of mine turned me onto the work of AOE. I remember clearly saying to myself wow what a great idea. I one day would like to do that. Several years passed since that event the seed was planted. Call it maturity or what not I found myself in a place in my life where I deeply recognized the value of being of service and of service work to those around me. I thought for years that money and donations were the solution but in my experience there is nothing more gratifying than being hands on and sharing an experience with another one person/parent and or child. I am grateful to the AOE for giving beyond the scope of their mission, and giving me as well an avenue to which I may also find joy, peace, gratitude and love.

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

a smile on a childs face. The pride and joy they get when they have made something cool.

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

more art supplies.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Every time I volunteer with The Art of Elysium I walk out feeling inspired and grateful. Inspired by the kids who are so excited to create and grateful for the love and life that surround me. Despite the sadness and weight of many of the stories, the children are eager to learn and grow, to smile and to laugh. The perspective and insight into different worlds and experiences they provide is truly invaluable. The lovely people who run the organization are tireless in their passion that art can be a fun conduit to make a difference in so many young people's hearts.

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

The smiling faces of the kids who initially had never picked up a camera before and then grew confident to create images for a gallery show.

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

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