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.
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.
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.