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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, a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization founded in 1997, encourages working actors, artists and musicians to voluntarily dedicate their time and talent to various communities in need of creativity and inspiration. We provide artistic workshops in the following disciplines: Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Music and Theatre/Media Arts

Target demographics: The Art of Elysium, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization founded in 1997 by Jennifer Howell, encourages working actors, artists, fashion designers and musicians to voluntarily dedicate their time and talent to various communities in need of creativity and inspiration. We provide artistic workshops in the following disciplines: Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Music and Theatre/Media Arts.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 43000 individuals

Geographic areas served: Los Angeles and New York

Programs: The Art of Elysium provides a wide range of fine and performing arts workshops and activities designed to: • Help marginalized populations cope with the difficult emotional challenges of illness and hospitalization: • Promote opportunities for growth and development, • Encourage socialization, • Provide exposure to various artistic skills and disciplines. The Art of Elysium’s programs include Fine Arts, Fashion Design, Music, Media/Theatre Arts and Arts-Based Self-Esteem Programs. For more information about volunteering in our hospital programs, please contact Leslie Culp, Program Director-LA, 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!