The Art of Elysium

Rating: 4.98 stars   127 reviews

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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  

As the National Development Director for The Art of Elysium I have had had the opportunity to witness the impact of the artists and children as they engage with one another exploring their own individual creativity and passion. For the child, in the presence of an artist, they are not alone and they are not identified solely by their illness. They have the opportunity to explore various mediums for expression and find their own voice. For the artist, in the presence of a child, they are reminded of the impact of their art and how critical it is to the healing process. They are truly inspired to make change and create a world that promotes expression and creativity.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Having worked for many non-profit organizations over the course of my career, I can say that The Art of Elysium is one of the best. As the Fine Arts Manager, I have the pleasure of working directly with volunteers who share their time with the youth they serve. This organization truly allows volunteers to share their talents directly with children in need, developing art projects themselves. It is rare to find non-profits in which the volunteer's areas of expertise are used so specifically. The Art of Elysium also values the talents of those that volunteer and is committed to a 360 model of philanthropy that gives back to those that give to the organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Have been to several events hosted by AOE. Every time I leave, I feel very grateful to have been a part of it. Truly inspiring. Everyone involved is simply incredible.

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

Events in Los Angeles.

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

Make my experiences less positive so that I could write something in this necessary box.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Art of Elysium is by far one of the best non-profits of all. They help children in Hospitals keep working in their dreams and believing that there's much more in life than just pain and suffer. They represent the Sun shining in the middle of a dark night. Congratulation to the whole team and I hope that they keep their mission up for many, many years to come. They will always have my support!

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

Their Facebook updates and in every children's smile!

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

not do anything at all, just keep working hard as they're already doing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I recently experienced the magic and wonders of the Art of Elysium firsthand when one of your employees, Natasha Aiello worked with my niece during a crafts workshop. The enthusiasm of my young niece is something that's unequaled, but when she met Natasha she had met her match. Such an angelic intelligent woman who relates to children on their level is something that seems to fit more into storybooks than 2011 southern California.

In any case, Kaitlynn had the pleasure of working with Natasha on two separate occasions. It was quite awhile between workshops, but the way my niece ran toward her with open arms and shouted her name when she saw her the second time said it all.

Natasha Aiello and the Art of Elysium love children and they understand them.

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

I've seen an increase in the artistic/creative output of my niece since she did her workshops with Natasha. She is always ready to create something!

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

grow the Art of Elysium so many more children can experience the joy they bring.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

What a wonderful organisation The Art of Elysium is! Giving love and hope to our young people who are very sick. More power to your elbows. God bless you Art of Elysium.

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

the amount of good work the charity continues to do.

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

take this charity to the sick children throughout the world.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've known of the Art of Elysium for about 10 years now. Things they do everyday both large and small are amazing. So many children are helped in a vast number of ways, which only they can express how much the charity really means. I've been honored to be able to attend several of the events over the years which allowed me to see this charity's work in action. I hope they continue to grow and are able to help many more kids to come.

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

witnessing uplifted children at Art of Elysium events.

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

I can't think of anything that I would change to make this organization better. The only true way for it to grow and be able to help more children is through donations.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first came across The Art Of Elysium when researching charity programs to promote via my music and photography blog. I was immediately drawn due to the emphasis placed on the arts as a tool for rehabilitation as well a process of bringing people together.

On a recent visit to The United States I was lucky enough to witness first hand the work the charity carries out with musicians visiting hospitalized children in intensive care. I was was touched by the positive effect this had on the children and awestruck by the commitment of the artists as well as the volunteers.

In my opinion The Art Of Elysium are working towards an incredibly worthy cause whilst harnessing the skills of some truly talented actors, artists and musicians alike.

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

providing joy to children in hospital through music.

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

There are few things I see need improvement with The Art Of Elysium but I would enjoy them expanding to other countries so that we can volunteer in England as well

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Rating: 5 stars  

I hope the impact of this organization is recognized by everyone. The Art of Elysium brings humble volunteers and amazing children together with what can only be described as "passion". The passion for the arts and the passion for life itself makes this organization not only remarkable, but vital in these children's precious lives.

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

The Art of Elysium took time to visit Hattiesburg, MS and through the rain and nasty weather still brought a huge crowd to support and donate to this cause.

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

Nothing.... With an organization like this all we can do to change is be givers. And challenge ourselves to give and make a difference.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Art of Elysium gives children hope! It brings to them what today's world is missing the most; art and music! The Art of Elysium has always been on of my favorite charities because the amazing work and staff they have involved make it possible to reach a lot of needy children.

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

The people involved and the people that they have helped.

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

Only make it larger, and grow faster

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