During these unprecedented times Art of Elysium has been consistent in bringing a bit of normalcy to our students' academic program though music. We have seen students with low verbal skills engage in music singing with joy. The happiness Art of Elysium brings to our students is priceless. We love you and thank you very much.
Randall D. Landeros-Holden
I absolutely love this nonprofit and have been volunteering for them for about 6.5 years now. The staff puts everything they have into their work and helps so many people in need. Artists love the opportunity to give back to their community in such a meaningful way. I loved what Art of Elysium does so much that I decided to get my master’s in arts in medicine, all inspired by this organization. ❤️
The dedication of bringing art and inspiration through the act of creation to the people who need it the most is the foundation of The Art of Elysium's work. It is incredible to witness the joy brought to those they serve, the staff at the facilities and to the artists themselves. It is a full circle of inspiration and creation. Create. Transcend. Transcend. Create.
The Art Of Elysium is a dream come true! As a volunteer, I have witnessed their magic first hand and have been honored to join them on their quest to spread kindness, inspiration, laughter and love! Thank you AOE!! You have me for life! :)
My husband and I have been volunteering with The Art of Elysium since we first met them around 6 months ago. Each and every event has been inspiring, interesting and FUN!!! The organization brings such joy to all of the kids and their families and we are truly honored to be a part of it. My next event is this Thursday and I can not wait!!! :)
The Art of Elysium has made more than an impact on me, it has changed my life. For years, they have given me an opportunity to give back through the arts, by volunteering in children’s hospitals and schools, skid row shelters and with the elderly. Seeing the impact it has on the children, teens and adults has brought a fullness to my life that I didn’t know was missing until I experienced it. As an actor, this business exposes me to a lot of superficialities...this organization grounds me, reminding me why I do what I do and that we are all connected through love and the arts. I’m forever grateful to discovering The Art of Elysium and that we have been so fortunate to touch so many lives over the years. It has been my honor to serve as a volunteer and member of Host Committee because I see how this organization truly makes this world a better place.
I have volunteered with The Art of Elysium for 10 years. I have seen first hand how much joy they bring to hospitalized children and their families. They have also provided me the opportunity to give back to our community by using my skills as a performer. They are a unique and vital organization and I whole heartedly support their mission.
I've had the most wonderful experience volunteering with the Art of Elysium. The staff and other volunteers are caring, warm, generous and supportive. It's exciting meeting the other creatives involved, seeing their artistic gifts and having a sense of shared purpose and family with them. It's been heartwarming connecting with youth through A of E, feeling like what we're doing is uplifting and inspiring to all of us!
We had a wonderful time volunteering all summer with The Art Of Elysium. Their passion for service is so clear in their actions and we are so proud to be part of their organization.
Supporting The Art of Elysium and getting to spend time with ill kids and teens in need has been an incredible experience. One that allows individuals to share love with each other through the arts. I hope to continue the work and to see the volunteering community grow.
Our Senior programs have been partnering with the Art of Elysium for over 4 years now. In the last 4 years, the creative programming they have brought to our Senior Centers has been amazing. Every staff member of their organization has always gone above and beyond to brighten our Seniors live. One of the Highlights last year was a Senior Prom. We had over 100 participants, and the event included great music, refreshments, decorations and we even Crowned the King and Queen and their Royal Court! Currently we have been able to have one of the Volunteers perform for us over ZOOM which was a memorable afternoon . I greatly appreciate everything the Art of Elysium has done for Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles, and we will continue to work together.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 :)))))
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.
The only non-profit I ever saw that lives what it preaches.
I love this The Art of Elysium. The energy, love, leadership and service is exceptional.
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!
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
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!
Unique and meaningful experience!! I probably got more out of it than the kids.
Volunteering with Art of Elysium has been an incredible experience from writing a play with an amazing elder woman to creating sock puppets with kids at the hospital, every experience has really opened my eyes and my heart. Thank you!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
Coordinator of the Walk for Williams Syndrome
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!
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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. _/|\_
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.
A truly amazing experience to empower one's self and another through the connection of creativity.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.