The Art of Elysium

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The Art of Elysium
The Art of Elysium Logo.png
FoundedAugust 17, 1997
FounderJennifer Howell
Type Nonprofit 501(c)(3)
Location
  • 3278 Wilshire Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90010
Area served
  • Los Angeles, California
  • New York City, New York
Websitetheartofelysium.org

The Art of Elysium (TAOE), founded in 1997, is an American nonprofit organization that provides community arts programs and artist services.[1] Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, TAOE develops and facilitates monthly workshops in fashion, film/theater, music, and visual arts for communities facing challenges, while also rendering career resources for participating volunteer artists.[2][1] In January 2016, the organization partnered with SAG-AFTRA and the American Film Institute to support President Obama's "Call to Arts" initiative to complete 1 million hours of mentorship for young artists.[3]

In February 2016, TAOE and Rabbit Bandini Productions co-launched Elysium Bandini Studios, a non-profit film studio and streaming entertainment network established to help financially support the charity;[4][5] the organization has received additional financial contributions from its fundraising initiatives such as the Heaven gala, an annual event and awards ceremony.[6] In 2018, TAOE was reported as serving over 30,000 individuals per year.[7]

History[edit]

The Art of Elysium was established in 1997[8] by Jennifer Howell.[9] After Howell graduated from Emerson College's film program, her high school friend, Stephen Lane Hatten was diagnosed with relapsed leukemia;[10] as a result of her friend's experience, Howell originally founded TAOE to provide arts programs for hospitalized children.[11] The foundation of the organization relied on the belief that art should unite and comfort people who are going through difficult times;[12] the organization's name was derived from Greek mythology, incorporating "Elysium", a synonym for heaven.[2] TAOE started with thirty three volunteer artists;[13] the organization's initial workshops were offered at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.[13] 

In January 2008, TAOE initiated the Heaven gala, an annual fundraiser;[2] the following year, in 2009, the organization expanded its operations to New York City, New York.[14] In 2012, TAOE's membership included 4,000 volunteer artists;[2] the organization facilitated programs at 17 hospitals, hospices, special-needs schools and outpatient facilities in Los Angeles and five hospitals in New York City.[2] TAOE later developed community programs for the elderly and homeless individuals.[13] In December 2015, the organization announced a new Chairman of the Board, Timothy Headington, replacing Ryan Kavanaugh;[15] the following month, in January 2016, TAOE partnered with SAG-AFTRA and the American Film Institute to support President Obama's "Call to Arts" initiative to complete 1 million hours of mentorship for young artists.[3]

In February 2016, TAOE and Rabbit Bandini Productions co-launched Elysium Bandini Studios (EBS), a non-profit film studio and streaming entertainment network established to help financially support the charity.[4][5] EBS raised $698,000 from an Indiegogo campaign to fund its initial three films;[4] the studio's early film projects included Memoria and Yosemite.[3] On January 9, 2017, the EBS streaming network went live;[5] the platform later featured a video series directed by Andrew Ondrejcak that included artists Rufus Wainwright, John Legend, James Franco, and Zoe Saldana performing versions of Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours".[16] In 2018, an EBS production, Obey Giant, won a Webby People's Voice Award in Film & Video - Documentary: Individual Episode Longform.[17]

Programs[edit]

Community arts[edit]

TAOE provides community arts programs in fashion, film/theater, music, and visual arts for communities facing challenges; the organization has partnered with hospitals, schools, homeless shelters and eldercare facilities.[5] In 2018, TAOE was reported to offer 110 programs per month and serve over 30,000 individuals per year;[7] the organization's volunteers have assisted program participants with art-based projects such as poetry, plays, films, and art installations.[4]

Artist services[edit]

TAOE renders artist services through events, career resources, and financial awards;[5][18] the organization's "Art Salon" events feature artists' work.[19][16] TAOE also established four awards for volunteers, the Amber Award for fashion designers, the Tahnee Award for filmmakers, the David Award for musicians/dancers, and the Jacques Award for visual artists.[18]

Events[edit]

  • Heaven, initiated in 2008, is an annual fundraising gala held in Los Angeles.[6][2] In 2009, TAOE created the event's Visionary award and Spirit of Elysium award, presented to select artists for creative merit and community service;[20][21] the Visionary award recipient organizes the event design and curates an art installation with his or her conceptualization of heaven.[2]
  • Pieces of Heaven, initiated in 2008, is an annual art auction fundraiser held in Los Angeles.[7][22]
  • Little Pieces of Heaven is an arts showcase held in Los Angeles.[23] The showcase includes the artwork of community program participants.[24]
  • Genesis, initiated in 2009, is an annual art exhibit and concert fundraiser held in Los Angeles.[25][26]

Award recipients[edit]

Year Visionary Spirit of Elysium Refs
2009 Jim Sheridan Eva Mendes [29][20]
2010 Shepard Fairey Kirsten Dunst [30][20]
2011 Mark Mothersbaugh James Franco [31]
2012 Cameron Silver Elijah Wood [32][20]
2013 Colleen Atwood David Arquette [32][2]
2014 Linda Perry Hayes MacArthur, Ali Larter [33][34]
2015 Marina Abramović Amber Heard [35]
2016 Vivenne Westwood, Andreas Kronthaler Finola Hughes, Russell Young [36]
2017 Stevie Wonder Camilla Belle [37]
2018 John Legend Shanola Hampton [38][39]
2019 Michael Muller Beau Dunn [7]
2020 Peter Dundas Topher Grace, Ashley Grace [21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Barker, Andrew (3 September 2014). "Art of Elysium's Genesis Aims for Greater Scope". Variety. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Oliver, Ellen (30 December 2012). "'Heaven' on Earth". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  3. ^ a b c McNary, Dave (7 January 2016). "Art of Elysium Partners With SAG-AFTRA, AFI on Obama's 'Call to Arts". Variety. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d Rainey, James (10 February 2016). "James Franco Launches Nonprofit Film Studio With Art of Elysium Charity (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d e Medina, Marcy (8 January 2017). "The Art of Elysium Launches Streaming Network Elysium Bandini Studios". Women's Wear Daily. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  6. ^ a b Bird, Cameron (10 January 2019). "Kris Jenner, Jennifer Garner, Rooney Mara, and More Attend The Art of Elysium's Heaven". Vogue. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  7. ^ a b c d Geschwind, Max (9 September 2018). "Lily Collins, Rain Phoenix Attend Art of Elysium's Charitable Art Auction". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  8. ^ Laura Yarborough (22 February 2013). "Art of Elysium Raises Over $60,000 at 'Pieces of Heaven' Art Auction". Haute Living. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  9. ^ VoyageLA Staff (14 August 2018). "Meet Jennifer Howell of The Art of Elysium". VoyageLA. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  10. ^ deLuce Wilding, Naomi. "Jennifer Howell". Issue Magazine. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  11. ^ Arnold, Shayna Rose (10 September 2013). "L.A.'s Most Inspiring Women: Jennifer Howell". Los Angeles. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  12. ^ Brittni Ava (7 February 2019). "Top 10 arts & culture non-profits to follow right now". The 405 (magazine). Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  13. ^ a b c Moore, Booth (6 January 2017). "L.A.'s Art of Elysium Charity Celebrating 20th Anniversary". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  14. ^ WWD Staff (5 May 2009). "Art of Elysium Lands in NYC". Women's Wear Daily. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  15. ^ Gardner, Chris (11 December 2015). "Ryan Kavanaugh Resigns as Art of Elysium's Chairman of Board, Replaced by Billionaire Timothy Headington". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  16. ^ a b Reed, Ryan (28 April 2017). "Hear Rufus Wainwright's Elegant Stevie Wonder Cover for Charity Project". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  17. ^ "Obey Giant". Webby Award. 2018. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  18. ^ a b "Artist Services". The Art of Elysium. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  19. ^ Aguirre, Ashley (7 May 2017). "The Art of Elysium & Related Garments Celebrated Artist James Goldcrown". LaPalme Magazine. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  20. ^ a b c d Samaha, Barry (8 January 2019). "How The Art Of Elysium's Celebrity-Packed Heaven Gala Is Helping The City Of Angels". Forbes.com. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  21. ^ a b Nordstrom, Leigh (19 March 2019). "Peter Dundas to Be Art of Elysium's 2020 Visionary". Women's Wear Daily. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  22. ^ Yarborough, Laura (22 February 2013). "Art of Elysium Raises Over $60,000 at 'Pieces of Heaven' Art Auction". Haute Living. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  23. ^ "Party Pics: Hollywood - Wild Horses Screening". E! News. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  24. ^ "Events". The Art of Elysium. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  25. ^ The Creator's Project (3 September 2014). "GENESIS 2014 Celebrates The Work Of Emerging Artists". Vice. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  26. ^ WWD Staff (30 August 2010). "Rocking Out at the Art of Elysium's Genesis Benefit". Women's Wear Daily. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  27. ^ Merriam, Allie (16 May 2011). "Jon Hamm, Kirsten Dunst, Vanessa Hudgens, and More Party For a Cause in Cannes". PopSugar. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  28. ^ "The Art of Elysium's 6th Annual PARADIS presented by BidKind – 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival". TheWrap. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  29. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (11 January 2009). "Sheridan sets heavenly affair". Variety. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  30. ^ Oliver, Ellen (24 January 2010). "Art of Elysium's black-tie gala 'Heaven,' and LACMA's dancing benefit". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  31. ^ WWD Staff. "The Art of Elysium Brings Out the Stars". Women's Wear Daily. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  32. ^ a b Brown, Rachel (13 January 2013). "Art of Elysium Gala Honors Colleen Atwood". Women's Wear Daily. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  33. ^ Oliver, Ellen (17 December 2013). "Songwriter Linda Perry will get the party started at Heaven Gala". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  34. ^ Harris, Jenn (24 January 2013). "Ali Larter and husband to receive Spirit of Elysium award". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  35. ^ Clott Kanter, Sharon (11 January 2015). "The Art of Elysium 8th Annual Heaven Gala Is An All-Out Pajama Party with Amber Heard, Johnny Depp, Marina Abramovic and More". InStyle. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  36. ^ McKenzie, Lesly (10 January 2016). "Dame Vivienne Westwood, Andreas Kronthaler Imagine Heaven for Art of Elysium Gala". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  37. ^ Bird, Cameron (8 January 2017). "Stevie Wonder's Heaven: Inside the 10th Annual Art of Elysium Heaven Gala". Vogue. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  38. ^ Bird, Cameron (7 January 2018). "John Legend Brings Hollywood to Heaven at Art of Elysium's 11th Annual Gala". Vogue. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  39. ^ Huver, Scott (7 January 2018). "John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Amber Heard Party at The Art of Elysium Heaven Gala". Women's Wear Daily. Retrieved 13 September 2019.

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