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The Art of Elysium

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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 is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization founded in 1997, by Jennifer Howell. We empower artists and communities of need to join together and emotionally triumph over their circumstances through art.

Target demographics: At-Risk Youth, Special Education Schools, Special Needs Community Centers for Adults, Youth dealing with Diabetes, Senior Community Centers, Homeless Adults & Elders, Homeless Youth and Families, Hospitalized Youth and Adults, Subacute Care Facilities, Visually Impaired

Direct beneficiaries per year: 43000 individuals

Geographic areas served: Los Angeles

Programs: We believe in using art as a catalyst for social change. Our “full circle” approach engages emerging artists in inspiring acts of service that forge opportunities for them to share their creativity in diverse and meaningful ways with individuals of need. We support and acknowledge our volunteer artists by providing platforms to showcase their art within the community. We thrive on our ability to provide an emotionally and physically safe space for the mutual exchange between artist and individuals in need. We provide artistic workshops in the following disciplines: Fashion & Design, Theatre & Film, Music & Movement and Visual Arts Programs. Art facilitates a freedom to think about life in ways never thought before. Our programs are designed to support individuals in the midst of difficult emotional life challenges like illness, hospitalization, displacement, confinement, and/or crisis by providing a variety of creative tools to help them realize relief, happiness, liberation and self-empowerment through exploration and expression in social and collaborative ways. For more information about volunteering in our community arts programs, please contact our Program Director, Leslie Culp at lculp@theartofelysium.org.

Community Stories

194 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Catherine66

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with this organization for the past five years, and it's hands-down the best nonprofit I've been a part of. The Art of Elysium truly makes a difference in the lives of children and seniors in care facilities, which is an incredibly beautiful thing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with AOE is one of the best experiences I've had in LA. The organization is super-well structured so that the artists can really connect with the kids. It's such an amazing program, getting to relate to the kids through art and help them enjoy it and have fun. The volunteers are awesome people, as well. I really can't say enough good things about this nonprofit!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with the Art of Elysium for over 11 years. Even after all this time the same people (with some additional new faces) still have what seems like a never ending energy that inspires and brings out the best in people they encounter whether patients, parents, hospital staff or volunteers. They are like family to me now and fellow volunteers have become good friends. Every single experience has been amazing. Whether it’s doing art with children in the hospital, helping out with a prom for special needs students, holiday parties or special events- they quietly go about making Los Angeles a better place for so many people- myself included. I look forward to volunteering for many more years with AOE! Thank you AOE!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer with Th Art of Elysium I've had the opportunity to work with so many great people - the community we serve, the staff and the other volunteers. They work so hard to make experiences that are both memorable and fun for the people we work with. I love what they do and I am so glad to be a part of it!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been doing volunteer work with the Art of Elysium for over two years now and it has been very rewarding to create art with kids, adults and the elderly alike. Everyone on the team has been fantastic to work with, they bring so much fun and create such good memories for people in distress - their help is really invaluable and I am very happy to be able to contribute to it. I am looking forward to making more art with them in the future!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for over a year now, mostly helping Krista doing bedside art with the kids in the hospital and teaching seniors new art techniques. It is not only gratifying to see kids and seniors alike having so much fun doing art, it has also been a great experience for me. They bring entertainment and fun to the less fortunate, all the staff is very pro and they are great people to work with.

Danielle H.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering for The Art of Elysium is one of the highlights of my month. I'm a singer and travel room to room at the hospital singing songs for families and patients in the waiting rooms and bedside. It is so fulfilling to connect with people through music, to give a bit of joy in a most likely stressful situation. It creates such powerful moments. I feel such a sense of purpose from each volunteering opportunity. I almost feel guilty about how much I get out of giving to my community. I'm so grateful for Art of Elysium!

Nolan B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I play guitar and sing for Art of Elysium. It truly is such a gift to be able to bring some light to people, mostly children in my case, if only for a few minutes in a day. I always leave my volunteering sessions with an overwhelming feeling of gratitude. I coordinate my dates/times volunteering with Andree Belle Conley, who is such a selfless, soulful person. It really is a privilege to be able to volunteer with an organization like Art of Elysium.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We enjoy the many program that they offer and bring so much joy and so many smiles to many families and children. The fashion and design program is amazing and creative as well as the visual art. Thank you so much Leslie , Amy, Krista and Shannon and the many volunteer that also come with their beautiful art . Bravo Joey too!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Art of Elysium provides a great service to so many communities in the Los Angeles Area.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

For the last 3 1/2 years I have been running a program for Senior Adults in the Los Angeles Community. The majority of my participants, live on a fixed income, are food challenged, and many do not have families. I have a very limited budget for "extras" (art, entertainment ect). The Art of Elysium has provided my members with some many wonderful activities which have included , an annual Mother's Day Make Over event, Sweet Hearts Dance, Music, Dance, Studio Art classes, Improv Shows, Fashion and Design programs, hat making, & an amazing Senior Prom which we recently had . The professional staff and volunteers are amazing. The staff is very dedicated to their work and always put their HEART & SOUL into everything they do . The Volunteers show so much compassion for the participants and truly give 150% of themselves when they come to our Center. The program at my Senior Center continues to grow and thrive as a result of the partnership I have with the Art of Elysium. I am grateful for all of the creative programming they bring to our Center every month.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer, I look forward to participating in every Art of Elysium event I can make time for. The work they do across all their departments is creative and inspiring, particularly their Fashion Design program, where kids, young adults and seniors are really pushed beyond their creative limits to further create some beautiful things. I highly recommend getting involved in this organization even if you’re not a creative person.

Sheri K.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Art of Elysium provides much-needed fun, art, and enjoyment to children and seniors who need it the most. I've been fortunate to volunteer with them for the past 4-5 years and have been continually impressed with the positive difference they make. Whether it's through bringing in authors to read stories, helping kids create their own stories, playing improv games to make kids smile, or finding new ways to make kids shine and smile, The Art of Elysium provides important, heart-centered services our Los Angeles communities.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Art of Elysium is an amazing non profit organization! The AOE has provided many resources for high school students such as Fashion and Design, makeup-overs and bringing in professionals + volunteers to this school. It has brought much joy to many students.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Art of Elysium is the best nonprofit organization. Which provides art, fashion, design, makeovers, music, and theater for our students. Moreover, the staff and volunteers at The Art of Elysium have bonded with our students and enriched their lives.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a Child Life Specialist, we work with AOE to provide normalcy and assist patients with exploring their creativity within a stressful environment. It is such a pleasure to work alongside the director's and the volunteers they bring. Each director possess' an ability to individualize every project according to our patients strength's as well as recognize and offer additional resources to assist with their coping. Their contribution to our unit is invaluable, their magic is inescapable and their generosity is uplifting!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer w/The Art of Elysium, the first thing that stands out is how incredibly well organized and thoughtful each exchange is – TAOE makes it logistically easy to volunteer. Beyond that simple but meaningful logistic, the underlying compassion and joy of the organization is contagious and inspiring. Their great work makes you (as a volunteer) want to do more great work, with them.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Art of Elysium has worked with LAFH, providing the music and movement and fashion and design programs. These programs have included and benefited children aged 8-12 greatly at our housing fancily in Boyle Heights (Comunidad Cesar Chavez).
We appreciate the partnership we have with Art of Elysium!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We are extremely grateful to Art of Elysium for coming every week to engage with our children who are experiencing homelessness. The children look forward to AOE volunteers coming every week and we've seen it lift their spirits during their time of transition. Thank you Art of Elysium!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with this organization for a couple of years and they are such an amazing team! They do a tremendous amount of work with such dedication and poise. They are the best!
Volunteering and using art to support, empower, and bring hapiness to those indivuals in need is priceless! Amazing and gratifying experience.

1 Justin B.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Art of Elysium is such an amazing gem for LA, providing creative outlets from terminal patients, small children, to homeless teens and the elderly. The entire staff is exceptional and brings smiles to so many, opening up creative channels and fun interactive projects to feed their creative minds.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am moved beyond words by the work done by The Art of Elysium. I have participated in several events with the charity and have seen first hand the joy that their outreach program has brought to countless children. I’m looking forward to becoming a volunteer myself.