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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

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Tash S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Art of Elysium celebrates 20 years in August! I am so honored to be part of this organization that focusses on empowering those in the midst of challenge and/or crisis by connecting artists to communities of need. I have seen first hand the healing powers that creativity brings to those that need it most and how artists who use their creativity in service, too are changed. I'm so excited about all that the future holds as artists truly have the power to change the world through art!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Art of Elysium is not only a non-profit organization, it is a full-circle movement that empowers both individuals in communities of need and artists who generously volunteer their time and talents.
The launch of Elysium Bandini Studios has created unprecedented opportunities for artists and communities to come together despite their current challenges and/or crisis. It has been an absolute honor to be a part of an organization that continues to change the face of philanthropy through the healing power of art.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A truly amazing experience to empower one's self and another through the connection of creativity.

1 Shano

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working with The Art of Elysium for 6 years now, and it continues to inspire me more each year! Hundreds of artists benefit greatly from being able to share their talents and creativity to positively affect various communities of need including medically fragile children, seniors, homeless, mental health support groups and many more. The need is endless and The Art of Elysium is truly forging the way to help heal the world through art!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am so grateful to have discovered The Art of Elysium over 5 years ago as a volunteer, and it only keeps getting better! The work we are able to do with children and other populations of need is extremely valuable. I am blessed to get to see daily the way a hospital room or treatment facility is transformed as laughter, love and art fill the room and change both the patient and the artist volunteer for good. It is an amazing organization filled with some of the best people I've met in Los Angeles! I can't think of a better way to spend your time and invest your resources. Join us in our mission to heal the world through art!

1 Yeehawamy

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been with the Art of Elysium since 2014. It is amazing watching this beautiful foundation grow. What an honor working with the population that we serve, and are so blessed to work with some of the most talented artists in the world! We offer programs in hospitals, schools, centers working with not only children, but now seniors and the homeless. One can volunteer with many curriculum's. We offer artists opportunities to volunteer with fine arts, music, acting, and fashion and design. We are growing exponentially having created the first philanthropic film studio which helps support film projects of students and professionals called Elysium Bandini. We not only heal through art, but it is lovely watching our volunteer artists soar! Come volunteer!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the utmost pleasure to work with The Art of Elysium for over a year now. The Art of Elysium is more than just a job, more than just about volunteering, it is simply a way of life. This organization runs very professionally and efficiently. I enjoy working with fashion and other design professionals to assist medically disabled youth, to make their own creative forays into the world of high fashion, through colorful hospital workshops and bedside projects. Lead workshops that might include: jewelry and clothing design, a fashion photo shoot, makeovers, styling and more. The Art of Elysium has various curriculum for artists interested in volunteering with Fine Arts, Acting / Writing, Music and Movement, and Fashion and Design. It is enjoyable watching them grow as the full circle concept, while they branch out working with elders and the homeless both in Los Angeles and New York!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Art of Elysium is a non-profit artist organization that empowers artists to bring their creativity to communities of need. It is truly inspiring to see the interactions and how it changes both the artist and the individuals in need.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege to be the LA Program Director for The Art of Elysium for 7 years. I truly believe in our mission and have seen it come to life daily. By facilitating the community artists to share their creativity and passion to medically fragile youth in hospitals and special education schools, I have had the pleasure to see how it positively impacts both the artists, children and families. Not only are we sharing the everlasting gift of art but we are also helping children and families through a difficult time in their life. And in turn we are inspiring artists to continue spreading their talent to the world around us.

1 kristen

Board Member

Rating: 5

It will be 19 years of The Art of Elysium on August 15, 2016 and it has been an amazing journey. I stand in absolute awe of our artists, people that we are able to bring the joy of arts to and the incredible staff that literally bridges the gap between these communities. We started out serving hospitalized children and have expanded to also serve elders and the homeless community. We look forward to taking the healing power of arts into prisons and veterans hospitals and to any other place where people can heal their lives through artistic expression.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been blessed to have so many various roles with The Art of Elysium and have seen the organization from all sides. This year the artists have expanded to work with hospitalized youth, elder care facilities, the homeless community and will be expanding into prisons and veterans hospitals. The greatest gift is to be of service through our personal creative process. The AofE bridges the gap between artists and those in need and that is a true blessing.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

To simply say that it is an honor to be a part of this organization is a gross understatement. At AOE we are not only blessed enough to be able to serve communities in need - but the impact that the work has on our artists serves an entirely new purpose. Being able to give the gift of art/happiness to both communities in need and the countless of volunteers that work for us means more than anyone could possibly explain and is a cause unlike any other!

1 spillart

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Art of Elysium is, by far, the most inspirational organization I've ever witnessed. As an artist and business owner, I am continually moved (blown away), by the hard work, vision and heart of the Founder, Jennifer Howell and the devoted team that she has.
Together, their creative outreach programs have touched and have had a priceless impact on countless lives. It's a joy to see The Art of Elysium continue to grow and reach even more children and adults with the healing power of art and love.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

An amazing opportunity to share your creativity and passion with those in need.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I joined The Art of Elysium's team 2 years ago to help facilitate and manage the Theatre/Media Arts programs we run with critically ill youth in hospitals all over the greater Los Angeles area.
Currently I am the Director of Elysium Industry, which incorporates our artist services side of our mission and brings everything full circle by providing career support for actors, directors, writers and theater production professionals, who volunteer their time to our theatre arts programs. My experience with The Art of Elysium has been life changing. I feel blessed to be moved daily by the beautiful children we work with and the generous volunteers, who dedicate and give so much of themselves to our organization. Jennifer Howell put in place 16 years ago a mission to build an artistic community of artists who are philanthropic first and want to give back and heal the world through art.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My first experience with The Art of Elysium was over 6 years ago when a friend asked me to donate art for a fundraising auction. As he shared how the organization worked with children who were battling serious medical conditions, I felt uplifted. Throughout my childhood my brother dealt with a serious illness that had him in and out of hospitals for many years. After seeing first hand how The Art of Elysium positively impacted so many young people, like my brother, with art, I was forever connected. My roll with the organization has expanded to Curatorial Director where I am fortunate to bring art into hospitals and engage with artists who donate not only their work but their time. The reactions I have witnessed from both children and artists have been truly inspiring.

1 Masako K.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been involved The Art of Elysium as Sponsor first.
I thought this is great organisation for both side.
As a Sponsor will get a lot of Marketing and Communication opportunity and going to goodwill.
And now I am in charge Elysium Collection, this is my dream come true.
Woking with this very unique idea , Full-Circle Model will directly impact more than 50,000 artists and children each year, fueling artistic work and advancing careers while providing improved quality of life.

1 Maggie M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My association with The Art of Elysium began in 2009 when I joined the organization as an Actor Volunteer. I was thrilled to find an opportunity not only to work with children, but to do so by sharing my particular skill set. Whether I was participating in the Animated Storytelling program or visiting patient rooms to play improv games, I left every workshop with such a feeling of exhilaration and gratitude, having found a way to use my craft to serve hospitalized children. In 2012 I was lucky enough to be offered the position of Theatre and Media Arts Manager within the organization and am still thanking my lucky starts that I get to spend every day facilitating the connection between artists and children, enabling a shared experienced based on self- expression, creativity, and human connection through the medium of Theatre.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I fell in love with The Art of Elysium instantly. I have never met a group of people with bigger hearts and such boundless creativity. They are truly an inspiration to not only the children they work with and the artists they service, but to us all. I am so lucky to to have experienced and learned about their incredible programming and mission.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I came to the Art of Elysium through a dear friend who whisked me away to a songwriting workshop for kids with brain tumors. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I fell in love with the kids and the organization instantly! Experiencing not only amazing and inspiring moments but finding a community of do-gooders who are like-minded and professional, who want nothing more then to inspire the world and make it a better place for hospitalized children.
Thank you the Art of Elysium!!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a professional with twenty five years' experience running art therapy and arts education programs in hospital settings, I can say that The Art of Elysium is a truly unique organization that fills a huge gap. With funding for therapeutic and educational arts program at an all-time low, the hundreds of volunteer artists and performers that The Art of Elysium trains and brings into hospitals are the often the only link that so many ill youth have to creative expressive experiences. It's a terrific, responsive organization truly committed to humanizing the healthcare environment and making a direct impact on bettering quality of life not only for pediatric patients, but for their families and medical staff as well!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Shriners Hospitals for Children Los Angeles loves The Art of Elysium! This amazing organization provides weekly art experiences to our pediatric patients at no charge to our hospital. The staff and volunteers encourage all of our patients (and parents too!) to participate regardless of language or disability. They provide a fun and creative environment for our patients in different areas of our hospital 3 times a week.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The inspiration, strength and hope AOE shares daily is priceless. Giving back to our community is something special we all have the ability to do.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When I first met The Art of Elysium, I was working as a Child Life Specialist at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. The Art of Elysium provided a unique opportunity for children to explore their feelings and experiences. It's hard for many children to express themselves in such difficult times...through a painting, a photograph, a song or play...I was able to see children tell their stories in ways they never knew possible.

Being a member of The Art of Elyisum family for 12 years, I have seen the postive impact on both the children and the artists.