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April 21, 2014

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April 21, 2014

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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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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April 21, 2014

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.
April 21, 2014

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April 21, 2014

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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Very Well

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Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 21, 2014

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April 21, 2014

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.

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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

April 21, 2014

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April 21, 2014

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.
January 31, 2011

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January 31, 2011

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.

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

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

January 31, 2011

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January 31, 2011

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!!!

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going into the hospitals.

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

increase funding so it can grow

January 31, 2011

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January 31, 2011

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!

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

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

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January 31, 2011

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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

2011

January 27, 2011

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January 27, 2011

The inspiration, strength and hope AOE shares daily is priceless. Giving back to our community is something special we all have the ability to do.

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

yes, daily

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

explore with more children

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