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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

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!
Michelle Oliver
Coordinator of the Walk for Williams Syndrome

2 Susann E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Art of Elysium came into our lives 2 days after my 17 yr. old daughter Katie was diagnoised with AML leukemia. It was a dark time for all of us, no reason to smile or laugh. When Nura walked into our room with her guitar and starting singing to us, I felt a reason to smile. That was what we experienced for the remainder of Katie's 6 month hospital stay. Twice a week we knew we could count on these talent smiling faces to cheer us up, make us laugh or make us feel loved. So thankful for you all.

Linda Ortega

Client Served

Rating: 5

Art of Elysium volunteers have brought laughter and music to my child on chemo days. In addition to the vomit and other undesirable side effects of chemotherapy, days spent at the hospital are boring. Exceptionally boring. But the Art of Elysium days end with a smile - and happy memories. Leaving the hospital happy makes a huge difference in my son's chemotherapy experience.

We were also blessed by Art of Elysium volunteers at We Can Brain Tumor Family Camp. In addition to working with the brain tumor patients, the Art of Elysium volunteers embraced the siblings and their unique needs. Being a sibling of a child requiring so much attention would be difficult. The volunteers took the time to understand what that would be like and gave the siblings a chance to express themselves.

This is an organization that uplifts and recharges the spirit of those in need. Thanks!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Art of Elysium is an amazing organization that helped me through some of the toughest years of my life. I have been in and out of the hospital frequently for my Cystic Fibrosis and the workshops provided by The Art of Elysium gave me something to take my mind off of what was going on and a creative outlet with which to express myself. I am blessed to be working with them now as an ambassador.

Patricia L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles is forever grateful for the amazing support we have received from the Art of Elysium throughout the years. Our programs, which help individuals suffering from seizures, have ALL been successful thanks in great part to their creativity and willingness to help!

We are honored to be involved with such a wonderful organization and look forward to continuing a great partnership!