We chatted with music legend and philanthropist, Stevie Wonder about his vision of heaven and the importance of arts education as he was honored with the Visionary Award at this year’s Art of Elysium Heaven Gala
Stevie Wonder was being honored by The Art of Elysium with the Visionary Award for his support of the non-profit at their annual gala, HEAVEN. The event featured Wonder’s vision of what heaven would look like including a musical performance by Stevie himself and a dance instillation.
The Art of Elysium is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization, founded by Jennifer Howell. 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the charity which encourages actors, artists and musicians to voluntarily dedicate their time and talent to programs dedicated to hospitalized youth, special needs education centers, homeless shelters, elder care homes and hospice care facilities.
The programs include Visual Arts, Fashion & Design, Music & Movement as well as Theatre & Film. Each program is 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.
The Art of Elysium incorporates a full circle approach by engaging emerging artists in inspiring acts of service helping them to forge opportunities for them to share their creativity in diverse and meaningful ways. They support and acknowledge their volunteer artists by providing platforms to showcase their art within the community. For more information, please visit: www.theartofelysium.org.