Talking About Vango


On the outside, VanGo is a colorfully decorated Honda Element. Inside, it is a mobile art studio complete with supplies and an art instructor ready to help students and their families experience the benefits of high quality arts education. To date, VanGo has traveled to 30 sites in four counties, reaching over 2,250 underserved kids.

VanGo also provides arts programming to at-risk youth, which supports treatment and education and introduces the joys and benefits of self-expression through art. And, VanGo helps non-profit service agencies and community organizations throughout Central Oregon strengthen their programs to build a stronger support system for children through art.

VanGo Curriculum

VanGo serves many audiences and has unique learning goals. In our rural communities, instructors often teach at a site weekly through after school programs. Students experience the arts to master basic skills and to enrich their development. Weekly sessions offer comprehensive art instruction while students explore a variety of mediums.

VanGo also delivers art classes to youth and adult communities through assisted living residences, youth residential programs, team building activities and at community events or festivals. From after school programs to community workshops, we are happy to tailor a program that meets your interests, time frame and budget. Please contact us and we’ll help you customize your VanGo experience!

Request VanGo

Call the Art Station to request a VanGo or find out more information.

After we talk with you to determine the scope of your art experience, number of people and desired medium, Art Station staff will plan your VanGo visit with an instructor.


The cost of bringing VanGo to your facility depends on where you are, but here are some general guidelines:

  • We offer a minimum of a two-hour class session.
  • Each class can be provided over one day, clustered days within a week, or spread out over consecutive weeks.
  • The cost for the first hour is $130, and each subsequent hour is $65. Supplies vary depending on the medium used and length of project.

If you think you can’t afford VanGo, please contact us. Let’s plan for the future together by applying for grants and brainstorming potential community resources!

VanGo goals

  • To bring arts education to children in small, rural communities that have limited or non-existent arts programming. These students will receive sustained, professional level instruction.
  • To bring arts education to “youth-at-risk,” who are incarcerated or in other youth facilities.
  • To strengthen partnerships within the regional community for the purpose of building access to the arts and supporting under-served children and youth.

Bring VanGo to your gathering!

VanGo can travel to your next party, corporate gathering, or school event. Contact us for details.

Art In Schools For 2017

Artists in Schools

Since 2001 the Artists in Schools program has brought enriching arts education to over 90,000 students by connecting talented, practicing artists with schools throughout Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties. Our goal is to collaborate with teachers and administrators because we are committed to the academic and personal growth of the students we serve. Whether you have your own residency ideas or want us to bring ours, we look forward to working with you to create meaningful experiences with your students in your classroom!

Artists in Schools Curriculum

A strong foundation in reading, writing, math and the core subjects is as important as ever, but is it enough for lifelong success? Arts Central believes in educating the whole child- academically, socially and emotionally- to develop well-rounded and engaged citizens.Using an experiential learning model, our instructors deliver unique, impactful curricula for a variety of learners and environments. All residencies provide sequential, developmentally appropriate lessons that engage students to achieve Oregon Arts Content Standards. And, each residency is customized to fit your needs, interests and budget.

We offer two modes of arts education instruction in schools:

Art for Art’s Sake- Want to enrich your students’ learning experiences? Arts Central’s instructors ignite their imaginations through painting, drawing, illustration, printmaking, sculpture, clay and performing art residencies. Imagine using technology to create self-portraits with vector layers, observing a nearby rock feature and turning it into a painted mural created collaboratively, or learning how to animate storytelling by playing a simple three-chord folk song!
Arts Integration- Have you ever used art to assess students’ prior knowledge, or to assess learning at the end of a unit? Reach diverse learners in your classroom by working with an Arts Central instructor to develop a project that will align with State standards collaboratively. Integrate a language into art instruction as Bear Creek Elementary school did to create Mayan-inspired bear flutes. Read a book and use literacy skills to create a visual storyboard using positive and negative shapes to represent characters, story and plot. Make geometric shapes out of paper to learn 5- though 12-sided shapes and their functions.