The Art Of Elysium Holds 11th Annual Black Tie Artistic Experience 'Heaven'
The Art of Elysium kicked off Golden Globes weekend by holding their 11th Annual Black Tie celebration, HEAVEN, on Saturday, January 6th at The Historic Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. John Legend was this year's Visionary and actress, Shanola Hampton received the "Spirit of Elysium" Award. HEAVEN was chaired by Lisa DeBartolo & Don Miggs, Kelsey Offield & Cole Sternberg. Cadillac generously donated rides for VIP guests.According to John Legend, HEAVEN is Love, Light and Laughter, and the evening was full of just that. During the cocktail hour, guests sipped on Moet Hennessy. Comedian, Nick Kroll served as the evenings emcee and got the party started ushering guests into Heaven. The dinner menu was created by Kathleen and Charlie Schaffer of Schaffer, and was served family style. Kathleen Schaffer was inspired by Love for the menu, saying "we believe love guides all of our decisions as a company. From how we source our ingredients and create flavors to how we present them thoughtfully always considering the guests' experience." During dinner, guests were delighted with an original performance by America's Got Talent winner, Grace VanderWaal; actor, Joe Morton performed a monologue and comedian Neal Brennan kept guests laughing with a stand-up set. After dinner, guests were treated to a performance by X Ambassadors who performed their hits, "Unsteady," "Don't Stay" and "Joyful." The Art of Elysium founder, Jennifer Howell and Chairman of the Board, Tim Headington presented John Legend with the "Visionary Award." Legend wrapped up the evening by performing some of his greatest hits including, "All of Me" and "Glory," for which he was joined by fellow Oscar winner Common. Jennifer Howell announced that photographer Michael Muller will be the 2019 HEAVEN Visionary and Beau Dunn will receive the 2019 "Spirit of Elysium" Award. Notable attendees included: David Arquette, Maria Bello, Mark Ballas, Neal Brennan, Jordana Brewster, Kristin Cavallari, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Common, Beau Dunn, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Ben Feldman, Matthew Gray Gubler, Isidora Goreshter, Shanola Hampton, Amber Heard, Derek Hough, Vanessa Hudgens, Victoria Justice, Aja Naomi King, Nick Kroll, Ali Larter, John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Camila Mendes, Jesse Metcalfe, Joe Morton, Madelaine Petch, Danielle Panabaker, Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Lili Reinhart, Nikki Reed, Cara Santana, Amy Smart, Abigail Spencer, Jurnee Smollett, Bonnie Somerville, Cole Sprouse, Mena Suvari, Nick Viall, Topher Grace, Dita Von Teese, Geoff Stults, Alicia Witt, Rumer Willis, Shailene Woodley, Stevie Wonder and the X Ambassadors. ABOUT THE ART OF ELYSIUM: The Art of Elysium is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization, founded by Jennifer Howell. 2017 marked 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.