LOS ANGELES, CA – The Art of Elysium kicked off their 20 year anniversary by holding their Tenth Annual Black Tie celebration, “Heaven,” the night before the Golden Globes on Saturday, January 7th at Red Studios in Hollywood.
During the cocktail hour, guests sipped on Moet and Heineken and danced to the sounds of DJ Chris Holmes. Under the direction of Marianne Lewis, the Unconditional Soul Choir performed the song “People Get Ready” as everyone headed to the dining room for dinner. For dinner, chef and owner of INK, Michael Voltaggio, prepared a sensory feast. While guests sat in the dark, Voltaggio asked guests to use their senses while eating. Before the food was served, he directed guests to put on their REVE sunglasses to heighten their senses – playing into Stevie Wonder’s vision of Heaven. During dinner, Art of Elysium founder, Jennifer Howell presented actress Camilla Belle with her “Spirit of Elysium” award and then Jennifer Howell, James Franco and Vince Jolivette unveiled their plans for Elysium Bandini Studios (EBS). Quincy Jones presented Stevie Wonder with the “Visionary Award” and after accepting he delighted guests by performing of some of his greatest hits, including: “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” and “Overjoyed”. Jennifer Howell wrapped up the evening by announcing John Legend as the 2018 Visionary.
Notable attendees included: Ali Larter, Alicia Witt, Amber Heard, Babyface, Beau Dunn, Camilla Belle, Cara Santana, Chiara Ferragni, Chrissy Teigen, David Arquette. Eiza Gonzalez, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Evan Ross, Hailey Baldwin, Hannah Simone, Hayes MacArthur, Jaime King, James Franco, Jesse Metcalfe, John Legend, Juno Temple, Justin Bartha, Justine Skye, Kat Graham, Kristen Bell, Quincy Jones, Louise Roe, Mark Mothersbaugh, Nev Shulman, Radha Mitchell, Rumer Willis, Shanola Hampton, Shepard Fairey, Simon Helberg, Stevie Wonder, Tony Hawk, Topher Grace, Zelda Williams and Zz Ward.
ABOUT THE ART OF ELYSIUM
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.
ABOUT ELYSIUM BANDINI STUDIOS
Elysium Bandini Studios was founded by James Franco and Vince Jolivette of Rabbit Bandini Productions, and the Art of Elysium’s Jennifer Howell. Elysium Bandini Studios is the first fully philanthropic studio where all profits benefit communities and people in need through the healing power of art. The studio cultivates emerging talent, bridges the gap between education and the industry with the support of other talent while giving them the opportunity to serve and give back. The content, art, products ideas and created by Elysium Bandini collaborations will be exhibited, distributed and licensed, reinvesting revenues into more art programming.
For more information on The Art of Elysium please visit: www.theartofelysium.org