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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

182 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Michael H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've heard about The Art of Elysium throughout the various social networks and wondered what was so special about this organization. After reading about them and seeing what an amazing artistic outlet they are providing for so many of these children who are battling various serious medical conditions... I have been moved in their support. Even though I cannot personally volunteer while living in Bulgaria, sharing their stories with others and being a supporter of them is an honor. Best wishes to everyone of the dedicated, hard working members and volunteers!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just started with the Art of elysium as a volunteer last year. I had heard about the program through two people I respect in the acting community. I cant say enough great things Its hands down the best part of my week. Spending time with amazing kids who are so brave. Everyone I encounter through A of E is genuinely passionate about giving kids a couple hours a day to put aside their medical conditions and just be kids. Whether it's to create an improv & make believe, watch an animated storytelling show or create a sock puppet. These kids get to do just that and in return I get to reminded to be a kid too!! I am so blessed to be apart of such a great organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came across The Art of Elysium website a little over three years ago and have been volunteering with them ever since. I love the fact that I can joke and play around while providing joy to hospitalized kids and their families. It's truly been a blessing to me ever since I got involved and brings a smile to my face every time I participate. I've also made some great friends through my affiliation with AOE which was an unexpected bonus.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'd been looking for years for the right organization to volunteer with but kept striking out until I found The Art of Elysium. As an actor, I often had intervals of free time on my hands and was eager to give my time for a good cause. However, my unpredictable schedule didn't work with many volunteer organizations that require you sign up for regular shifts. Art of Elysium is incredibly flexible and works with the chaotic schedule of an artist. You don't have to go through months of training to get started, and the program directors and leaders are fantastic. The best part is, we get to use our talents to help brighten the day of hospitalized children.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Simply a fantastic organization! I have been volunteering with the Art of Elysium for about seven months, and the program does such a great job of engaging the kids. There really should be more organizations like this!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just moved to Los Angeles and started with Art of Elysium a month after I got here. I can't say enough good things about it! Interacting with the kids and playing has reminded me of the power of the arts to bring joy and connection to our society and I appreciate it so much. Yes, the main focus is bringing the kids an uplifting experience...I have to say that every time I've participated so far I've left with a smile on my face big enough to carry me through the rest of the day as well! The other volunteers are incredible and friendly and the staff is accessible and capable as well. Bottom line - it's fun and fulfilling!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering in the theater department of AOE for a couple of years now. i love it. The workshops are energetic, engaging and constantly evolving as we learn more about what the kids respond to and what they don't like. The group of volunteers is amazing--full of really dedicated actors, comics, musicians and all around great people. I find being an actor in LA is an incredibly self involved lifestyle and my work with AOE takes me out of myself and into a completely different world. i treasure my time with these amazing children and always look forward to my sessions.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been doing jewelry & clay workshops with the children of The Art of Elysium for over 13 years. I began when it was serving only a few children & would meet the founder JH at Children's Hospital. Her dedication has created a brilliant non profit organisation with visionary programming which directly benefits the children while they stay in the hospital, and during recovery form their illness or conditions.
As an artist this program gives to all who participate. It is invaluable in its healing and service it provides to the children and their families.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I heard about The Art Of Elysium through a friend who was volunteering at the time. She was so excited about her work there that I decided to attend an orientation meeting. I was immediately impressed by the organization and enthusiasm shown by all involved. After a full orientation about the organization, mission and activities I began volunteering at events. My most memorable moment was at in event done at a small Burbank airport in which old 2 seater planes were brought in. The kids were one by one taken up in the skies in these one of a kind planes. The looks on their faces, such joy, was incredible. While they waited their turn The Art of Elysium had set up several craft areas for painting and such. I really believe that I had more fun then some of the kids! It is a true gift to be able to provide moments when the children completely forget about their illnesses and can just be kids.

Becky C

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I couldn't be more passionate about this organization. The Art of Elysium brightens the lives of children battling serious medical conditions. They’re constantly rewarded with smiling faces in their hospital-based arts workshops.