www.theartofelysium.orgThe Art of Elysium

E.ly’.si.um: a place or condition of ideal happiness!

The Art of Elysium is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization founded in 1997 by Jennifer Howell. It all started when her good friend Stephen Hatten, who was battling Leukemia, shared a story with her about a young boy he met at a treatment center who was spending the majority of his time there alone because the boy’s parents had to work. Realizing no child should ever be alone during treatment, Howell began gathering friends, got clearance from the center and began to bring laughter, smiles, and respite to the kids undergoing treatment. The Art of Elysium was created to encourage working actors, artists, and musicians to voluntarily dedicate their time and talent to children who are battling serious medical conditions. This idea has quickly caught on to form a community of people who enrich lives of critically ill children at both children’s hospitals and pediatric care facilities.

This outstanding website provides ways artistic baby boomers can get involved and share their talents. The Art of Elysium provides artistic workshops in the disciplines of acting, art, comedy, fashion, music, radio, songwriting and creative writing. The Fine Arts Program encompasses Visual Arts Exploration, Fashion Design, and Photography allowing children to explore a wide range of mediums. The Theatre/Media Program features Acting/Improv Workshops, Active Imaginations Theatrical Program, Laugh It Up Comedy Workshops, The Turn Around Plays Program, and The Take-2 Film Making Workshops. All give children a role in creating a film through cinematography, screenwriting, film editing, set design, music, makeup, and hair and costume design. Music Programs include Mix It Up, Music Lessons, Musical Performances, The Songwriting Program, and The Kids Radio Program that gives kids the opportunity to operate their own radio station. We love it! There are also Self Esteem Programs to help kids cope with emotional issues. These programs include Girl Talk and Yo Lo Tengo, The Makeover Project, The Homebound Project, and Once Upon A Time Workshops.

Volunteers must be 18 years of age. You can also get involved by donating artistic supplies, become a sponsor, sponsor a program, buy art at their Art Gallery, purchase an art kit for a child, and shop their online store. Put a little of your love in the hearts of these kids who so richly deserve it. Check out their upcoming events and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.