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 have been blessed to have so many various roles with The Art of Elysium and have seen the organization from all sides. This year the artists have expanded to work with hospitalized youth, elder care facilities, the homeless community and will be expanding into prisons and veterans hospitals. The greatest gift is to be of service through our personal creative process. The AofE bridges the gap between artists and those in need and that is a true blessing.

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I am blown away on a daily basis by the children that we work with, the artists that both inspire and are inspired, the staff that brings me so much joy and the gift of being of service that The Art of Elysium provides.

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

I would take it to every city in the world where this a child facing medical challenges and an artist in that community who can serve through their creativity.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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I am the founding board member for The Art of Elysium and over the past 13 years I have seen every side of this organization's mission. I have witnessed the impact that the creative workshops have had on the hospitalized children we serve and I have seen the miracles the exchange has given to the artists that volunteer their time. It is a full circle exchange of creative miracles that do not just impact the participants during the workshops but forever change both the patients and volunteers. The Art of Elysium is a community of artists that truly believe in the power of creativity and the healing power of art. We are blessed that we are able to serve as a bridge between the artistic community in both Los Angeles and New York and to children facing hospitalization and medical various medical conditions. We are sincerely grateful for every staff member, volunteer, artist, parent and child that we are fortunate enough to work with. The organization is growing and will continue to grow by the goodwill and support of all involved and yet to come into the charity. The best way to understand the mission of The Art of Elysium is to spend time as a volunteer. Get involved!

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I have personally experienced the results of this organization in all areas of my life. Every time I step into a hospital to dedicate my time to one of the various art workshops, my spirit is moved and expanded by the act of being of service and sharing my creativity. It is the most humbling and rewarding experience and I try my very best to be volunteering at the hospital at least once a week. My soul craves it.

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

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would make sure that it had the infrastructure and support to be in every city where there was a child facing the isolation of hospitalization and an artist in the community willing to share their creative process.

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I joined The Art of Elysium's team 2 years ago to help facilitate and manage the Theatre/Media Arts programs we run with critically ill youth in hospitals all over the greater Los Angeles area.
Currently I am the Director of Elysium Industry, which incorporates our artist services side of our mission and brings everything full circle by providing career support for actors, directors, writers and theater production professionals, who volunteer their time to our theatre arts programs. My experience with The Art of Elysium has been life changing. I feel blessed to be moved daily by the beautiful children we work with and the generous volunteers, who dedicate and give so much of themselves to our organization. Jennifer Howell put in place 16 years ago a mission to build an artistic community of artists who are philanthropic first and want to give back and heal the world through art.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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My first experience with The Art of Elysium was over 6 years ago when a friend asked me to donate art for a fundraising auction. As he shared how the organization worked with children who were battling serious medical conditions, I felt uplifted. Throughout my childhood my brother dealt with a serious illness that had him in and out of hospitals for many years. After seeing first hand how The Art of Elysium positively impacted so many young people, like my brother, with art, I was forever connected. My roll with the organization has expanded to Curatorial Director where I am fortunate to bring art into hospitals and engage with artists who donate not only their work but their time. The reactions I have witnessed from both children and artists have been truly inspiring.

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I have been involved The Art of Elysium as Sponsor first.
I thought this is great organisation for both side.
As a Sponsor will get a lot of Marketing and Communication opportunity and going to goodwill.
And now I am in charge Elysium Collection, this is my dream come true.
Woking with this very unique idea , Full-Circle Model will directly impact more than 50,000 artists and children each year, fueling artistic work and advancing careers while providing improved quality of life.

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Life-changing

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2009

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My association with The Art of Elysium began in 2009 when I joined the organization as an Actor Volunteer. I was thrilled to find an opportunity not only to work with children, but to do so by sharing my particular skill set. Whether I was participating in the Animated Storytelling program or visiting patient rooms to play improv games, I left every workshop with such a feeling of exhilaration and gratitude, having found a way to use my craft to serve hospitalized children. In 2012 I was lucky enough to be offered the position of Theatre and Media Arts Manager within the organization and am still thanking my lucky starts that I get to spend every day facilitating the connection between artists and children, enabling a shared experienced based on self- expression, creativity, and human connection through the medium of Theatre.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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I have had the privilege to be the LA Program Director for The Art of Elysium for 7 years. I truly believe in our mission and have seen it come to life daily. By facilitating the community artists to share their creativity and passion to medically fragile youth in hospitals and special education schools, I have had the pleasure to see how it positively impacts both the artists, children and families. Not only are we sharing the everlasting gift of art but we are also helping children and families through a difficult time in their life. And in turn we are inspiring artists to continue spreading their talent to the world around us.

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I fell in love with The Art of Elysium instantly. I have never met a group of people with bigger hearts and such boundless creativity. They are truly an inspiration to not only the children they work with and the artists they service, but to us all. I am so lucky to to have experienced and learned about their incredible programming and mission.

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

A number of hospitals in Los Angeles, where I helped with music and improv workshops.

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

Not a thing. I can not wait for more branches to open!

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I came to the Art of Elysium through a dear friend who whisked me away to a songwriting workshop for kids with brain tumors. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I fell in love with the kids and the organization instantly! Experiencing not only amazing and inspiring moments but finding a community of do-gooders who are like-minded and professional, who want nothing more then to inspire the world and make it a better place for hospitalized children.
Thank you the Art of Elysium!!!

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

going into the hospitals.

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

increase funding so it can grow

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As a professional with twenty five years' experience running art therapy and arts education programs in hospital settings, I can say that The Art of Elysium is a truly unique organization that fills a huge gap. With funding for therapeutic and educational arts program at an all-time low, the hundreds of volunteer artists and performers that The Art of Elysium trains and brings into hospitals are the often the only link that so many ill youth have to creative expressive experiences. It's a terrific, responsive organization truly committed to humanizing the healthcare environment and making a direct impact on bettering quality of life not only for pediatric patients, but for their families and medical staff as well!

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

Every week, observing the programming they provide for pediatric patients of all ages.

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

I only wish they could double the frequency of their hospital workshops - they are terrific!

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Shriners Hospitals for Children Los Angeles loves The Art of Elysium! This amazing organization provides weekly art experiences to our pediatric patients at no charge to our hospital. The staff and volunteers encourage all of our patients (and parents too!) to participate regardless of language or disability. They provide a fun and creative environment for our patients in different areas of our hospital 3 times a week.

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

Although we have full time recreation and Child LIfe professionals within the hospital, we often experience difficulty getting the patients out of their rooms to participate in activities. When The Art of Elysium is here, I am amazed at how their presence in the hospital motivates patients to get out of bed and be creative! Our patients love working with the artists. They leave from The Art of Elysium's visits feeling confident in their abilities, regardless of their physical challenges.

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

expand their services to more hospitals like ours. Although they have recently developed a program in New York, there are many more cities that need this service! Although the program's focus is about seeing the patients IN the hospital, it would be great if there wer outpatient workshops that patients could attend when they are not seeking treatment in the hospital.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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