truly the most amazing charity in LA. From top to bottom, people who care, who love, and who serve very precious children battling serious medical conditions.
Having the privilege to be involved with The Art of Elysium over the past year and a half has been one of the most rewarding experiences I've had as an artist. Coming from a background as an artist, I have been able to share my talent with hundreds of children in various hospitals around Los Angeles. But, more importantly, these children have given me even more back. Whether it is working with a project as simple as making unique collages with magazines, scissors, and markers, or a Matisse-inspired cut out project, bringing art always puts a smile on the faces of the patients and families I work with. Seeing their appreciation for taking their minds away from being in a hospital for 2 hours or just 5 minutes reinforces how bringing any type of artistic and creative expression can truly improve lives. The staff is always there to guide, support, and inspire my ideas and I'm lucky to be involved with such a great organization!
I have been working with AofE for close to 6 years. The reason I continue to give my time week in and week out is really clear to me. I have seen the "lights" come on in so many children's eye's as a result of them co-creating the different mediums with the different artist. Watching a child's pain elevate as a result of their involvement with Art has forever changed the way I look at Art. I am honored and continually humbled by the chance I get to work another day with a child and with this amazing organization.
I have found my purpose in life through Art Of Elysium! I have always been one to search for better ways to be part of our community and share experiences with as many people as possible. What Art Of Elysium offers is the perfect way to be there for those who are sometimes overlooked. The children at our Los Angeles Hospitals are the most stunning people to be around, and what a better way than to simply hang out and play silly games through out the year. Playing dress up and bringing stories to life for these kids is just as rewarding for myself as it seems to be for them. I just can't get enough of em! The staff is awesome and incredibly kind. I just can't praise them and this organization enough. Count me in on whatever endevours they decide to pursue. Thanks!
To have a direct affect on a child in need, to see a smile grow into hysterical laughter from a child in pain, to inspire creativity and imagination from a hospital bed- there is no greater (or easier) contribution to one's society.
Unfortunately hospitals offer little entertainment for their patients, and the numbing boredom can truly take a toll on someone so young and impressionable. As performers and artists we seek for an audience who appreciates our work, our time, and our commitment to a craft. Art of Elysium is the perfect pairing between the artists who yearn to create and inspire and the children who truly need it most.
However it doesn't stop there. Every day I find myself excited and personally inspired by the amazing staff at Art of Elysium. I consider each one as part of my family. The organization can't survive without it's volunteers, and those volunteers wouldn't have access without the incomparable group that leads.
I urge everyone to get in and experience the magic for yourself, for once you enter a child's life, both will forever be changed.
I am a grateful and appreciative volunteer with The Art Of Elysium. For the past 3-1/2 years, every hospital visit and outside event I have been a part of has enriched my life in so many ways. Some Non-Profits are focused purely on the celebrity status and fundraising parties. While these components are important, it defeats the purpose if the children are not truly touched. I chose to volunteer with AOE because we roll up our sleeves together and watch the magic happen. The love, passion, heart & soul that Stacy, the AOE Fine Arts Manager, puts into each daily visit at these different hospitals is truly remarkable. Anyone who has volunteered knows how emotionally challenging it can be at times. I commend her dedication and love for this program and the children involved. They benefit so much. Art is healing. Seeing the faces on these beautiful children (and parents) as they feel free to create and express themselves is such a reward. Every day is a lesson in love, creativity, art history........and life.
I absolutely love The Art of Elysium! I've been involved since it's very beginning and I can't adequately express in words the change it's made in me and my life as well as the lives of thousands of children and other volunteers. Hope and joy is spread on a daily basis by the AOE army--I am deeply grateful to be a part!
The Art of Elysium is a more than a great non-profit, it is a family of teachers, visionaries, and creatives that truly inspires children and families from all over that are in need of hope and love.
Attending their annual children's exhibition "Little Pieces of Heaven," you can really see the light in the children's faces when they see their artwork on the walls, and they forget that they are sick or in pain. The Art of Elysium brings joy and strength to their families as well, a truly emotional moment. It's not only the feeling of happiness that the children experience, but the artwork is beyond amazing, you can tell that the children are learning a valuable skill and expression through the arts workshops.
All the arts programs and events that The Art of Elysium coordinates is a great gift to the Los Angeles communities and it's been a great pleasure to see their vision come to light!!
This charity is not only inspiring for art lovers but for lovers of life. It's a true lesson in selflessness and love. It brings everything right back to what life is all about which is giving to others and being inspired constantly by creativity because sometimes that's akk we've got.
The Art of Elysium has truly enriched my life as an Oil Painter and Fine Art Teacher. The sole place I currently share my blind contour technique with students is at Art of Elysium sponsored hospitals. I had a particularly rewarding experience this past week with a young man named Isaac. Isaac let me know that he had not picked up a paintbrush in years as his creative focus has always been music. He was, however, willing to give painting a try. I demonstrated a quick sketch of Isaac, looking directly at him and never stealing a peak at my paper. He laughed at the uncanny resemblance, then gave it a try himself. Making his Grandma nervous with his intent stare, Isaac drew a fun, abstract rendition of his Grandmother. I had Isaac fill in all of his sketch with a variety of wacky colors and patterns. The result was truly whimsical and Isaac even declared himself proud of his unique canvas. We both had a wonderful time. Allowing me to share my joy for art is a precious gift that The Art of Elysium graciously provides.