Jacob Monday is a singer, guitarist and songwriter who generously gives of his talent and time every month to The Art of Elysium. He connects effortlessly to every patient or participant at each facility regardless of their circumstance, age or background. Jacob’s joyful vibrancy has even inspired patients receiving chemotherapy to start dancing in the hospital! Jacob is a regular performer at The Hotel Café and was featured in our fall Art Salon artist showcase. He is a very special musician with a massive heart. We are grateful to have Jacob share his unique gifts and spirit with the communities we serve. 🎶 🎸 💓(@jacobmondry)
Volunteer Paula Cook routinely stretches herself by developing new art experiences for both our Visual Arts and Fashion and Design programs. With a background in graphic design and a former design firm owner, Paulas creativity is multi-faceted. The work she does with our clients is engaging and thought provoking; black out poetry one week and Warhol-esque transfer ink drawings the next. Teaching young children to sew on pillows, and creating lovely holiday projects is so rewarding. She is a calm and upbeat addition to whatever group we are serving and is fully enthusiastic about sharing art. In addition, her experience in supporting other charities in a fundraising capacity shines when she volunteers at some of our special events. We are lucky to call this amazing woman one of our own.
Paula enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two teenage sons and two dogs. They live in La Cananda Flintridge. 🎨💕(@art.pcook)
Josh Meinderstma is one of our longest and most committed volunteers. Josh has given tirelessly of his time and energy to The Art of Elysium for almost 10 years. As an actor, writer and performer Josh brings joy and a wonderful spirit to every room he enters. His zest for life is a contagious gift for the individuals we serve and fellow volunteers alike. He is full of life, love and a multitudes of talents and we are lucky he chooses to share his gifts with us and the communities we serve. In addition to volunteering with The Art of Elysium, Josh in an avid world traveler and also volunteers with other wonderful organizations such as Camp Del Corazon and the Mother Theresa centers for special needs children and the elderly in Kolkata India. 🙏💕(@jmeindert)
Our seniors loved this visual arts workshop led by artist extraordinaire Coxy Rodoni (@coxychiararodoni). They created vision boards to help keep goals and inspiration on point for this new year. 🎨📅💛
This was an amazing fashion and design workshop with Venice Youthbuild that started in meditation, and led us into the creation of out ‘spirit animal’ headpieces. Led by amazingly talented fashion designer Toni Sandoval (@toni.sandoval). 🦊🦍🦄🐆🦔🦋🐝
Dedicated volunteer, Dani Hagan (@danihaganmusic) sharing the magic of music with a visually impaired child. In this workshop, Dani lead creative songwriting, a sing-along, and gave a hands-on tactile demonstration of creating sound from the guitar, which the kids loved! 🎸 🎶 🎤💗
#FBF to #HEAVEN2019 last weekend! We are so grateful for our supporters. In 2018, year, our artist volunteers and friends of the charity helped us bring community arts programming to 29,459 individuals of need, and at HEAVEN we celebrate the power of art to help one transcend one’s circumstances and all the people who help make our mission possible!
#HEAVENisCONNECTION indeed! #MichaelMullersHEAVEN #HEAVEN2019 is supported by #Ease.
#FBF to #HEAVEN2019 last weekend! #MichaelMullersHEAVEN was all about CONNECTION and we were so lucky to have some incredible collaborators in creating this evening. Our Visionary himself, @MichaelMuller7, designed the whole evening with us to feature an underwater cocktail hour complete with virtual reality and 3D videos of his incredible dives with sharks (through @gopositron technology and screens generously provided by The Smith Family) to our neon-lit Chinatown inspired mainstage and dinner space aglow in beautiful art light boxes designed by fellow artists. Our #SpiritofElysium @BeauDunn shared her art with a set of incredible neons designed exclusively for us to share with you. Our Visionary and Spirit of Elysium awards were created by the amazing artist @david_grieco. The brilliant @peter_dundas and @evbousis of @dundasworld revealed the #D7 collection with incredible talent walking the runway and makeup by the incomparable @ctilburymakeup. Sharing her culinary arts from cocktail hour through a feast of a sit-down dinner, @chfshirleychung created a delicious menu and @thefoodmatters brought the whole meal to life with her, with bar sponsored by @diageo. Delicious desserts from @coolhaus and @milkitausa were delivered to our guests by Candy Girls styled by the talented @jwujek. Guest transportation was assisted through @cadillac. And @event_eleven put it all together with us! We are so grateful to #Eaze for their support of the entire evening. #TheArtofElysium is beyond blessed for this chance to create a completely unique HEAVEN on earth each year - truly, #HEAVENisCONNECTION and we cannot wait to see what HEAVEN is next year but will be enjoying the memories of this one forever.