All photography provided by the Art of Elysium's staff & volunteers.

The Art of Elysium was founded in 1997 to support artists working for the benefit of others.

For over twenty-one years, we’ve paired volunteer artists with communities in Los Angeles to support individuals in the midst of difficult emotional life challenges like illness, hospitalization, displacement, confinement, and/or crisis. We serve medically fragile children, teens, adults, seniors, those dealing with social, emotional and mental health issues, and the homeless.

Our team members at The Art of Elysium work with volunteer artists to craft creative, tailor-made programs for the populations we serve. We currently offer 110 community programs a month, serving over 30,000 individuals a year. Volunteer artist are then eligible for support services, ranging from artist salons and networking events to showcases and distribution opportunities. We currently serve 2,510 artists a year in Los Angeles.

Artists volunteer. We support our artists.

Through service, our creative communities thrive.

For more information about our academic, artist and community services & programs

click the links below:

arts-based self-esteem

Fashion & Design

Film & Theatre

Music & Movement

Visual Arts


“I believe in the power of creativity. It can transform a hospital room into a totally different world, a new reality outside the confines of an illness. Our imaginations unlock the healing power of art. Artists help the communities we serve access the innate creativity within.”
— Jennifer Howell, The Art of Elysium

Communities We Serve

Click here for a list of communities partners.


2018 Community Programs:

Number of individuals served:                                        30,441

Number of workshops in the communities:                    1325

Number of volunteers in the communities:                     1889

Number of volunteer hours in the communities:             96,679.85

2018 Artist Services Programs:

Number of Artists served:                                                2077

Number of community exposure through these artists:    3224