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VanGo is a community outreach program that gives children in rural towns with limited access to professional-level arts education the ability to build skills in various art disciplines. VanGo, a colorfully decorated Honda Element, is a mobile art studio complete with art instructor and supplies. With a curriculum and teaching artists that foster a love and appreciation of the arts, students and their families can experience the benefits of high quality arts education.

For youth at risk, VanGo provides arts programming to help support treatment and education and introduce the joys and benefits of self-expression through art. VanGo can assist non-profit service agencies and community organizations with strengthening their programs for a stronger support system for children in our region. To date, VanGo has traveled to 30 sites in three counties reaching over 1700 underserved children and youth.

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.

VanGo's Impact

Children and teens are now receiving professional visual arts education, many for the first time. This is very significant for these students who live in rural, often isolated communities.

Much research proves that children receiving sustained arts education develop crucial thinking skills for achieving at higher levels. Learning art engages and strengthens fundamental cognitive skills such as spatial reasoning, problem-solving, and creative thinking. It has also been shown to nurture motivation, active engagement, disciplined attention, and persistence.
Other studies show that art has a unique way of reaching students who are disadvantaged economically and socially, thus keeping dropout rates down and students interested in experimenting and learning.

We are helping school districts meet state art requirements that they previously could not meet. VanGo follows the Oregon State Curriculum Content Standards for the Arts.

We bring expert arts instruction to children and youth who cannot pay for it or who do not have access to it. We are a true partner in that we do not compete with any other non-profit, but offer only what is not already available for the arts education of our children and youth.


Contact Information

Dallas Frederick

Arts Education Manager
Arts Central at the Art Station
313 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr.
Bend, OR 97702

(O): 541.617.1317
(F): 541.617.1439