The Artwork of Elysium, a nonprofit that brings creators and people in want collectively to create transformative therapeutic experiences by way of artwork, will toast its twenty fifth anniversary with its Heaven Profit in January, the place Neil Gaiman has been chosen because the recipient of this 12 months’s Visionary Award.
Every year, the occasion’s theme, “Heaven,” is delivered to life by a selected visionary who conceptualizes their private thought of paradise. This 12 months — with the occasion scheduled to happen in Los Angeles on Jan. 6, the evening earlier than the Golden Globes — the duty is bestowed upon Gaiman, whose canon offers with fantasy, divinity and humanity throughout mediums.
“Celebrating 25 years of The Artwork of Elysium and our mission of artwork heals is surreal to say the least. Selecting a visionary to conceptualize their thought of heaven has by no means been extra vital than at this milestone. That is our first Heaven because the COVID pandemic, and it’s the largest celebration to this point,” Jennifer Howell, the group’s founder, mentioned in a press release. “Selecting Neil because the visionary for Heaven is essentially the most private ask I’ve ever made. I’ve been a fan of his work for so long as I can keep in mind and imagine him to be probably the most inventive forces in our lifetimes. He creates worlds, he makes individuals snicker and cry on the similar time, and he continuously reminds every of us of the reward of free will. I’m honored past phrases that we’ll be dancing in his wondrous heaven in 2024.”
Gaiman, whose books Good Omens, American Gods and The Sandman have develop into hit tv sequence, has additionally written screenplays for Neverwhere and Mirrormask, penned an episode of Physician Who, co-wrote Beowulf with Robert Zemeckis and produced the movie Stardust. Moreover, Gaiman’s directorial pursuits embrace A Brief Movie About John Bolton and Sky Tv’s Statuesque.
“For me, heaven is 2 issues which can be, maybe, the identical factor: Heaven is each a library, the place the place we go for data, for knowledge, for recommendation and for tales, and heaven can also be a refuge, someplace that we will go, whoever we’re, for security and safety,” Gaiman mentioned in a press release. “Heaven comprises librarians and refugees, shelters the helpless, and offers them — us — someplace quiet to sit down and browse or hear.”
Previous honorees have included Marina Abramovic, Shepard Fairey, John Legend, Vivienne Westwood, Andreas Kronthaler and Stevie Marvel, because the occasion raises funds that go to the humanities packages that serve people within the midst of emotional life challenges like sickness, hospitalization, displacement, confinement and disaster.