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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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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.

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

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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

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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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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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January 27, 2011

When I first met The Art of Elysium, I was working as a Child Life Specialist at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. The Art of Elysium provided a unique opportunity for children to explore their feelings and experiences. It's hard for many children to express themselves in such difficult times...through a painting, a photograph, a song or play...I was able to see children tell their stories in ways they never knew possible.

Being a member of The Art of Elyisum family for 12 years, I have seen the postive impact on both the children and the artists.

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in both my profession and personal lives. The impact of The Art of Elysium has helped to shape my own professional philosophy.

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

encourage expansion to other cities outside of Los Angeles and New York City.

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