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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

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Cole S.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Art of Elysium brings joy to the eyes, minds and hearts of many children and their families! Their programming consistently delivers on their mission.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been privileged to have the Art of Elysium directly affect my family. I have attended many of their benefits in which volunteers are joyfully making art, face painting, singing, and drumming with children who have more challenges in their young lives then I can imagine. The pure joy which is generated by all participants is inspiring. This is my favorite local charity to which we donate. Their work is transformative.

Todd15

Donor

Rating: 5

i am working with aoe on the design of their space - jennifer has an amazing passion for this cause which is not only contagious - it is inspiring

Wendy69

Donor

Rating: 5

There are a myriad of Charities from which to choose to donate to, and none are more accessible than The Art of Elysium. Jen Howell's founding story is beyond touching. She moves thousands with her eternal grace and compassion, and you can't help wishing you could do more. The work is magical, and having a niece who was born needing a brain surgery, and sitting in Detroit's children's hospital surrounded by so many little ones whose parents couldn't afford to take off time to spend round the clock to be near their children...was heart wrenching. I truly wish that each and every hospital, and rehab center had The Art of Elysium programs, most hospitals are so dreary, and the kids are already suffering and so scared...they could all be helped so much. It is really amazing how each child lights up when the volunteers show up, and how for those moments they get transported for a quick escape, and they feel so good.
I hope that everyone sees the worthiness of this program, Jen Howell and all of her fabulous volunteers. It is a GREAT Nonprofit.

Donor

Rating: 5

I LOVE The Art of Elysium!!! All there is to be said! Get involved and see what an incredible organization this is!

Donor

Rating: 5

My Wife and I both contribute financially to this organization since we do not live in the Los Angeles or New York area, but being a craftsman myself, when I heard about what this organization does in bring creativity and arts into hospitals for children that would otherwise not be able to express this, that was all I had to hear. I am very proud to be a part of this organization and will continue to give as much as I am able to.

Donor

Rating: 5

I found about The Art of Elysium through my son that works for the organization and am very proud to be able to contribute to this amazing cause. I have seen what an art kit is and what it can do for a child that is hopitalized. That is just a small viewing in the immense world that is The Art of Elysium, and i look forward to continuing my support for many years to come

Donor

Rating: 5

I commend volunteers and staff of AOE. They are truly angels who bring laughter, smiles and creativity to children who are ill. It is their hard work that continues to bring hope into the lives of kids they service. We all need to see people like those who are involved in this charity. We all have to support the AOE.

Mary F.

Donor

Rating: 5

Love the whole concept of this program. I've donated to their program on Crowdrise recently because I really liked what they were doing to raise funds for summer art kits. Having returned to school for art, I've come to realize that I was able to articulate complex emotions through pictures and crafts as a child when words failed me. My hope is that these various artistic mediums will help kids use them as a vehicle of self-expression and let the volunteers be their muses.

Donor

Rating: 5

The AOE is a phenomenal organization. Through its' professional staff, volunteers and programs it gives children a chance to forget and put aside, for just a moment, the terrible disease that has invaded their lives; and enjoy life and be a kid again. It gives back some happiness and pride, which has been unfairly stripped from their young life.

The professional staff bring a smile back to people who direly need something to smile about. And, that's the most important mission a person (organization) can have. Bravo for what the AOE does!! May it continue for many years

Susan B.

Donor

Rating: 5

If you can, imagine every parent's worst fear and having a child with a serious illness or disability. Then imagine seeing that child smile, even it only for a moment. That is to me the essence fo the Art of Elysium. They bring together artist and everyday people willing to give of their time to bring happiness and a sense of accomplishment to children who face great difficulty in life to say the least.

You would also be amazed at the joy and comfort these activities provide for the parents and siblings of these children.