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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts, Culture & Humanities, Arts Services, Children & Youth, Health, Patient & Family Support, Youth Development

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

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A truly amazing experience to empower one's self and another through the connection of creativity.

1 Shano

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working with The Art of Elysium for 6 years now, and it continues to inspire me more each year! Hundreds of artists benefit greatly from being able to share their talents and creativity to positively affect various communities of need including medically fragile children, seniors, homeless, mental health support groups and many more. The need is endless and The Art of Elysium is truly forging the way to help heal the world through art!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am so grateful to have discovered The Art of Elysium over 5 years ago as a volunteer, and it only keeps getting better! The work we are able to do with children and other populations of need is extremely valuable. I am blessed to get to see daily the way a hospital room or treatment facility is transformed as laughter, love and art fill the room and change both the patient and the artist volunteer for good. It is an amazing organization filled with some of the best people I've met in Los Angeles! I can't think of a better way to spend your time and invest your resources. Join us in our mission to heal the world through art!

1 Yeehawamy

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been with the Art of Elysium since 2014. It is amazing watching this beautiful foundation grow. What an honor working with the population that we serve, and are so blessed to work with some of the most talented artists in the world! We offer programs in hospitals, schools, centers working with not only children, but now seniors and the homeless. One can volunteer with many curriculum's. We offer artists opportunities to volunteer with fine arts, music, acting, and fashion and design. We are growing exponentially having created the first philanthropic film studio which helps support film projects of students and professionals called Elysium Bandini. We not only heal through art, but it is lovely watching our volunteer artists soar! Come volunteer!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the utmost pleasure to work with The Art of Elysium for over a year now. The Art of Elysium is more than just a job, more than just about volunteering, it is simply a way of life. This organization runs very professionally and efficiently. I enjoy working with fashion and other design professionals to assist medically disabled youth, to make their own creative forays into the world of high fashion, through colorful hospital workshops and bedside projects. Lead workshops that might include: jewelry and clothing design, a fashion photo shoot, makeovers, styling and more. The Art of Elysium has various curriculum for artists interested in volunteering with Fine Arts, Acting / Writing, Music and Movement, and Fashion and Design. It is enjoyable watching them grow as the full circle concept, while they branch out working with elders and the homeless both in Los Angeles and New York!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Art of Elysium is a non-profit artist organization that empowers artists to bring their creativity to communities of need. It is truly inspiring to see the interactions and how it changes both the artist and the individuals in need.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

1 Tash S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Art of Elysium is not only a non-profit organization, it is a full-circle movement that empowers both individuals in communities of need and artists who generously volunteer their time and talents.
The launch of Elysium Bandini Studios has created unprecedented opportunities for artists and communities to come together despite their current challenges and/or crisis. It has been an absolute honor to be a part of an organization that continues to change the face of philanthropy through the healing power of art.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It has been my honor to be a part of the growth and impact of this organization since 2012. From medically fragile children, elders and our recent expansion to homeless communities, it is our mission to heal the world through art. By connecting inspired artists to differing challenged communities through out Los Angeles and New York, we are able to facilitate the creative exploration and liberation of communities in crisis. Proudly serving approximately 43,000 individuals in 2014, it is our intention to continue to extend our reach to veteran's hospitals and prisons in the near future. Whilst it is an honor to watch the joy that creativity brings to the communities we proudly serve, it is equally gratifying to see the fulfillment that our artists experience by giving away their talents so generously and freely. I am extremely excited about our future and look forward to being a part of the creative solution.

1 kristen

Board Member

Rating: 5

It will be 19 years of The Art of Elysium on August 15, 2016 and it has been an amazing journey. I stand in absolute awe of our artists, people that we are able to bring the joy of arts to and the incredible staff that literally bridges the gap between these communities. We started out serving hospitalized children and have expanded to also serve elders and the homeless community. We look forward to taking the healing power of arts into prisons and veterans hospitals and to any other place where people can heal their lives through artistic expression.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

To simply say that it is an honor to be a part of this organization is a gross understatement. At AOE we are not only blessed enough to be able to serve communities in need - but the impact that the work has on our artists serves an entirely new purpose. Being able to give the gift of art/happiness to both communities in need and the countless of volunteers that work for us means more than anyone could possibly explain and is a cause unlike any other!

1 spillart

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Art of Elysium is, by far, the most inspirational organization I've ever witnessed. As an artist and business owner, I am continually moved (blown away), by the hard work, vision and heart of the Founder, Jennifer Howell and the devoted team that she has.
Together, their creative outreach programs have touched and have had a priceless impact on countless lives. It's a joy to see The Art of Elysium continue to grow and reach even more children and adults with the healing power of art and love.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

An amazing opportunity to share your creativity and passion with those in need.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.