I wrote about my experience with Art of Elysium on my website:
One of the great things about The Art of Elysium is the emphasis on encouraging those touched by illness to participate and to CREATE -- over my many years of volunteering as a writer, actor, and improv performer, I have been directed by children of all ages (including their parents and other family members) to be a pirate searching the ocean for bumblebees, an elephant looking for his daughter in a secret cave under Disneyland, a bad guy who turns all of the ice cream in Los Angeles into broccoli, a tiny, tiny, tiny little boy who can only communicate by clapping, a surgeon who also happens to be King of the Parasaurolohuses, and countless other incredible characters in creative settings. The joy shared by all during The Art of Elysium's programs is palpable and unforgettable.
I have been doing workshops and bedside visits with The Art of Elysium for several years now and honestly I am honored to be a part of such an amazing group of loving and talented individuals ... I am blessed every time I get to work with them ... They absolutely do make a huge difference in the lives of the children and families we visit. They have an incredible hands on outreach into our community that I have not seen with any other organization
I have been volunteering with the Art of Elysium for about two years now. I always leave after volunteering feeling amazing. I am so honored to be associated with an organization that does such incredible and inspiring work. Art truly heals, not just for the individuals and families being served by this organization, but for the volunteers as well. In addition, The leadership is incredible and compassionate. I have only volunteered for the art side (as opposed to the drama and music portions), but I can say without a doubt that Leslie and Krista are two of the most wonderful people I have met and worked with. Volunteering with them has changed my life for the better, and the Art of Elysium deserves to be recognized for the valuable service that they offer.
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!!! :)
I have been volunteering with The Art of Elysium for a while now and I thank God for finding them. The work they do by helping kids in hospitals and in specialty schools is remarkable and it's making a difference in those kids lives, in my life and thus making the world a better place!
Such a great organization. Well-organized with great staff. They really respect and show so much appreciation for their volunteers. It is always a pleasure to work with The Art of Elysium, and I have had so many moving experiences in my years of volunteering with them!
The Art of Elysium is the best non-profit I've ever worked with!
I've always wanted to volunteer my time to a worthy cause, but found so many organizations sadly disorganized and difficult to work with.
I've volunteered regularly with the Art of Elysium for 3 years now, and can truly say they are a GREAT organization!
They have AMAZING people working for them, are really well-organized, and take great care of their volunteers...and deeply respect and appreciate the people who volunteer their time..
And of course they are doing fantastic work!
I attended the orientation meeting and am really looking forward to participating with this wonderful organization! The meeting was very casual, friendly, and welcoming.
AOE rocks and is one of the best non-profits around. The importance of creativity to motivate and inspire can sometimes be over looked. AOE provides inspiration and delivers hope.