The Art of Elysium

Rating: 4.99 stars   139 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
2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

This charity is not only inspiring for art lovers but for lovers of life. It's a true lesson in selflessness and love. It brings everything right back to what life is all about which is giving to others and being inspired constantly by creativity because sometimes that's akk we've got.

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

Seeing what happens when art reaches children

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

Involve all my friends and stress the fact that art can have an impact on life

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Art of Elysium has truly enriched my life as an Oil Painter and Fine Art Teacher. The sole place I currently share my blind contour technique with students is at Art of Elysium sponsored hospitals. I had a particularly rewarding experience this past week with a young man named Isaac. Isaac let me know that he had not picked up a paintbrush in years as his creative focus has always been music. He was, however, willing to give painting a try. I demonstrated a quick sketch of Isaac, looking directly at him and never stealing a peak at my paper. He laughed at the uncanny resemblance, then gave it a try himself. Making his Grandma nervous with his intent stare, Isaac drew a fun, abstract rendition of his Grandmother. I had Isaac fill in all of his sketch with a variety of wacky colors and patterns. The result was truly whimsical and Isaac even declared himself proud of his unique canvas. We both had a wonderful time. Allowing me to share my joy for art is a precious gift that The Art of Elysium graciously provides.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Volunteering w AOE has been a life changing experience. I'm so happy to have contributed a small portion of my time to such a worthy cause. Being able to bring positive light and influence into the lives of these children facing such challenging medical issues is such a great experience. The struggles the children face is heartbreaking - AOE's mission is crucial.

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

the workshops at the UCLA Medical Center and Shriner's Hospital....

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

Donate more time and money. AND encourage Apple to donate i-pods to AOE so they could be distributed to the children @ each workshop. Opening their ears with music would be another incredible way to broaden their artistic horizons....

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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.

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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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