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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

182 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is a safety net to so many people in need of happiness and joy in their lives. The volunteers and staff, continue to give of themselves selflessly.
They,are always in the moment. They show great kindness to others. In Judaism this known as Deeds of Living Kindness.

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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering for The Art of Elysium. It’s the only time I forget all my problems and worries. I always feel like a million bucks when I leave one of their artists programs.

2 Cutter L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Art of Elysium for a year and the experience has been very rewarding and beautiful. At a time when the quality of art programs in public schools continues to decrease or they completely disappear, the work Art of Elysium does is very important. And they do it with passion and purpose. Every month I spend 2 hours doing art projects on the pediatrics floor of a hospital in Los Angeles. The joy it brings to the kids is immeasurable. I have met kids experiencing all types of different medical situations and sometimes it is kids as young as 6 going through cancer treatment. And the fun and excitement they get in those 2 hours can give them just a little bit of hope and encouragement. Often the parents of the kids are there and they express how grateful they are to see their kid smiling and engaged in a project while they are in the hospital!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

this is one of my favorite charities - has been for such a long time. the experience volunteering is as meaningful for the volunteer as it is for the recipient, and there is so much love involved in all aspects of everything The Art of Elysium and their incredible staff does to help people in need, and the artists who have a gift to give.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been a volunteer with the charity for 11+ years and in spite of being told I’m giving of my time I feel like I’m being given to more than I am actually giving. Going into hospitals and homeless shelters sharing art and participating in self esteem workshops is beyond rewarding, additionally meeting emerging artists who support the cause while also witnessing them flourish has been amazing. Attending and participating in signature events/fund raisers has also been an incredible experience. The charity has become like home and those involved like family. If you like fashion, music, fine art or film You will love and benefit from becoming a Volunteer, sponsor, donor, art collector or patron of arts.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have witnessed first hand how this exceptional organization operates. Giving artists the opportunity to use their creativity in service not only inspires the creative process, but empowers varying individuals this organization proudly serves. Thanks to the Art of Elysium, I don’t know who benefited more, the people I had the good fortune to create art with, or me.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The programming with the Art of Elysium has so many avenues to touch our global community and mind set, that by activating our artist community in this way, the world can be forever a better place :)))))

3 Tracy Reyes S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Our children's hospital is so very lucky to have Art of Elysium visit our pediatric patients once a week, providing either music or fashion/art driven projects. Many of our chronic kids look forward to their visits and continue talking about what fun they've had long after they have left. Art of Elysium staff and volunteers do a phenomenal job of connecting with patients and providing them a sense of normalcy. They help break the monotony of their hospital stay and truly bring love, light and laughter to each child. We are ever so grateful for our friends at Art of Elysium.

2 Kevin A.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The only non-profit I ever saw that lives what it preaches.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this The Art of Elysium. The energy, love, leadership and service is exceptional.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is amazing to see how art can brighten someone's day. I applaud the Art of Elysium and everything they do to help our community. It's been a wonderful and meaningful experience working with them!

3 Joan66

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered last week with their music program and was moved so much by the experience. The program director’s knowledge, consideration and kindness with myself, the children & elders I volunteered for, and the staff at the facility was next level! The experience was truly inspiring and I can’t wait to do it again xxx

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with The Art of Elysium for many years now. Not only does it bring joy to the populations served, the experience provides the artist a chance to be reminded of a their greater purpose.
A circle of giving. A truly full circle charity. Thumbs WAY up!