From artists to hipsters, there was a full house Friday night (September 5) at the Ace Hotel for “GENESIS,” a musical fundraiser for The Art of Elysium. The Art of Elysium is a charity for artists, musicians, and other creatives that formed for the purpose of giving back to the community by participating in artistic workshops for the needy, at a wide range of facilities.
Elysium is dedicated to enriching the lives of artists and critically ill children. It provides a wide range of fine and performing arts workshops and activities, designed to help children cope with the emotional challenges associated with illness and hospitalization. They work to promote opportunities for growth and development, encourage socialization and provide exposure to various artistic skills and disciplines. Programs designed for hospitalized youth include Fine Arts, Fashion Design and agendas for Music, Media/Theatre Arts and Arts-Based Self-Esteem.
GENESIS is a fundraising celebration of emerging artists that brings creatives (both musical and artistic), tastemakers and social leaders together in support of The Art of Elysium’s programs and mission. This year, the concept began with curation. Luminaries were asked to select their favorite up-and-coming LA based artists. Curators included Spike Jonze, Catpower, Jakob Dylan, Shepard Fairey, Karen O, and Beck. Past shows included innovative young artists such as Night Gallery founder, Davida Nemeroff.
This year’s party began outside the hotel with live graffiti, curated by Shepard Fairey. Live shows included performances by Soko, Moses Sumney, Mary Ocher, Nite Jewel and others. Fine Art & Film Installations included works by Chris Milk, Lance Bangs, Wrdsmth and Dallas Clayton.
The Art of Elysium is dedicated to enriching the lives of artists and critically ill children. They believe that there is a powerful and mutual exchange of hope and appreciation that occurs when artists share their time and talent with children battling serious medical conditions.
Photos by Dan Del Campos