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
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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.

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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  

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  

I am honored to have worked with The Art of Elysium for nearly three years now... Observing the magic that occurs between volunteer artists and the children that they visit, is something that I wish everyone gets the opportunity to experience. Whether it be giving a child a voice they didn't think they had in a music workshop, a child expressing themselves by painting in a fine arts workshop, or instilling confidence in a group of young girls in a self esteem workshop... you see these children inspired, and affected in a way that only happens through art. The Art of Elysium is an incredible organization and I encourage everyone to learn more and find a way to become involved and support.

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

my daily life! has given me an incredible amount of perspective and inspiration.

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

speed up the expansion rate, so that they can open up in as many cities as possible and share this gift with as many children and artists as possible.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Working with AoE is such a blessing it gives me an opportunity to use humor, acting, games, and creative play with those who are in need. I can work with talented performers with a rolling schedule a few days per week. Simple and sweet is how I would describe my experience with AoE. With that, I have become more aware of a how a persons energy in a room can change just by getting out of a routine, even for a few moments.



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

When we enter the room as volunteers there is a still and sometimes dark or sad vibe. Most of the time we're lucky enough to feel a shift in the room by the time we leave, the room has changed and there are smiles all around. The doctors, nurses, interns, as well as the people we are there to work with all benefit from the use of imagination and creative play. It's an honor to be affiliated with such a fantastic organization!

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

I would love to see them in every city in the U.S.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the amazing pleasure of working with The Art of Elysium for over a year now and my experience with this organzation has forever changed my perception on not only my life but the lives of these hospitalized children. To watch even one of these children smile from the work you have done with them is worth a lifetime. I feel truly honored and blessed to be a part of this organization and couldn't say enough about getting involved.

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

Throughout every facit of my life. It truly changes the way perceive the world, what really matters and what we are just being selfish about.

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

I would make everyone in the world give this organization money so they could be in every city possible, so there is no hospitalized child left untouched by art.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering for this organization for a year now.
I'm in the fine arts programs and I absolutely love it.

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

I see it in the kids faces, they light up after a workshop!! they can't believe what they did and how much fun they had.

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

they need to go global..

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.)

it gives me hope and it inspires me to do a better job

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

exhilarating !!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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

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

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

none.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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