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The Art of Elysium

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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

160 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Kathleen Tenefrancia

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Art of Elysium is truly a unique organization, filled with kind hearts and brilliant minds. Their belief that art heals resonates within their incredible programs, ranging from children's hospitals to elder care facilities. It is such an honor to be able to volunteer with an organization that brings light to others!

Jorge S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Art of Elysium is an extraordinary organization dedicated to serving various communities in need by connecting them with artists from all walks of life. Getting to witness first-hand the positive impact we get to make on these individuals is priceless. But one of the finer points nobody prepares you for is the growth each and every artist experiences as a result of their participation. It really cannot be accurately verbalized. The world needs more organizations like The Art if Elysium, for everyone's sake.

Tash S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Art of Elysium celebrates 20 years in August! I am so honored to be part of this organization that focusses on empowering those in the midst of challenge and/or crisis by connecting artists to communities of need. I have seen first hand the healing powers that creativity brings to those that need it most and how artists who use their creativity in service, too are changed. I'm so excited about all that the future holds as artists truly have the power to change the world through art!

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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've known of the charity a few years and have heard of all the great work they do. More recently, I've volunteered and no words can express the wonderful impact it has on the volunteers and the communities served. The work of the charity truly is inspiring and shows the important impact art has on the world at large. Thank you Thank you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had an amazing charity event in Santa Monica and one of the reasons it was SO successful was due to The Art of Elysium. We were so happy with the professionalism of this nonprofit organization and now incredibly helpful and accommodating Amy Belknap was with our event. They really did go above and beyond to help us make our event special. We had over 500 people on the day and a lot of children that of course love music, crafts and having their face painted.
We at the Walk for Williams Syndrome Association are all so grateful for the time and hard work that was put in to making our event the best year so far!
We would highly recommend The Art of Elysium and I hope to have them at our future events.
Thank you again for everything you have done for us, we look forward to our future events with The Art of Elysium!
Michelle Oliver
Coordinator of the Walk for Williams Syndrome

2 Susann E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I took the course. A few years later was attacked in a public restroom. The guy was much bigger than me. I knocked him out. I was not raped! I'm a huge advocate!

Former staff

Rating: 5

The Art of Elysium is a special organization that provides an opportunity for creative artists to share their talents in a meaningful way. Most artists know how life enhancing their creative process is for them, and thus how beneficial it can be for others. The Art of Elysium provides access to settings not available to the general public and support to artists in understanding how to adapt their art process to the settings.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Iv'e been a volunteer for this amazing group for over 6 years now. It's such wonderful experience to help out in any way I can.To see these children happy mean the world to me. I don't get to volunteer as much as I would like , but I'm always so blessed to help. The best part is knowing you made a child smile for the day. Wonderful organization!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the pleasure of working with the Art of Elysium for the past few years and it's been an amazing experience. You're able to brighten a child's day and help them take their mind off being in treatment. The organization makes it very easy to pick days/times that work for your schedule, and plan different projects that you think the kids would enjoy. Being able to brighten someone's day is priceless.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

If you want to have fun, work with inspiring artists, and make kids excited about life- this is the organization for you. Our workshops are designed to help kids forget, for the slightest moment, that they are in the hospital. To see the resilience of special needs kids (in a creative environment) is an awesome experience. The Elysium is good for the soul!!! The program directors are very organized, and the art events are really cool. They make it easy to find your way to the work locations, and are always there to make sure you feel comfortable in new surroundings. To be a volunteer, with such a giving organization, offers a great sense of accomplishment and pride. It is easy, super fun, and social.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Art of Elysium is an amazing organization that works directly with the community to bring all forms of art to people in need. I have had the wonderful opportunity this summer to intern with the organization and see first hand how much time, commitment and passion goes into everything they do. I have been able to learn so much about helping others and seen the lasting impact they leave on every one they touch.

Camille8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A few years ago I was introduced to the Art of Elysium founder, Jeniffer Howell through a mutual friend.
I could not believe the compassion and love everyone has at AOE!
I went on several volunteer hospital visits, and was so overwhelmed by the children,
They are not sad, they are so engaging and full of love.. I had to go and compose myself a few times, but the love and prayers flowing filled the entire children's wing!
Anytime I'm in town I really try to go back and help! It's a game changer! For the children & ours.
Best always,
Camille Jimelle
Costume Designer

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I don't think there's a group of people more devoted to spreading hope and love than The Art of Elysium! The ladies running the organization are so caring and seriously invested in the patients' comfort, care, respect and engagement, and go above and beyond in compassion for the families and kids that are served. It's truly a pleasure to volunteer with such kind and generous hearts, each and every time!

1 Jane110

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to the Art of Elysium when my husband played at the charity event, Genesis in 2014. The show's producer told me that they needed volunteers and that it was a great organization. I first started volunteering at the children's ward at the hospitals doing art project and this year transitioned to volunteering with Leslie and Amy who are amazing at the McBride Special Education Center and it's been precious to spend time with the students and devoted teachers. Hopefully, will try to take some time off to help at the senior center. Feels like I receive more than I give and giving support is a blessing. _/|\_

1 Yotam S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Art of Elysium is an extraordinary foundation that allows children, teens, and adults access to arts in hospitals, special-care facilities and assistant living. I'm very proud to have been able to be a part of the cause by working with children and teens, undergoing medical treatments in hospitals and special needs facilities. It been an honor to introduce fashion design and fashion illustration to many beautiful souls through the Art of Elysium. I'm fortunate that I was able to work with amazing kids and teens and see their creativity first-hand. I'm a huge believer that a happy person is a health person and if someone can share and help another explore the arts (visual,music, theater, and fashion) it will only enrich our society and make us even more human, it's truly a wonderful thing. Thank you The Art of Elysium, it's been an unforgettable journey.

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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 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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