The Susquehanna Art Museum (SAM), developed the VanGo! Museum on Wheels in 1992. The mission of the VanGo! program is to provide exposure to original works of art to people who otherwise lack such opportunities. At the heart of this project is a belief that an art educational experience of quality should expose viewers to the primary source, rather than reproductions.
VanGo! exhibitions follow the school year, running from September through July. Each year, the exhibit addresses a theme focused around the Pennsylvania Academic Standards, while presenting visually exciting original works of art. Works are chosen from prominent contemporary artists who have exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the world. VanGo! provides an innovative cultural arts program that connects the visual arts and academics and provides an exciting, engaging and educational experience like no other.
VanGo! targets audiences in areas roughly 2-2.5 hours from the Harrisburg area. VanGo! reaches visitors in areas where a quality art museum may be hours away. Host sites are charged a nominal fee for visits; fees vary according to location. Each year, generous sponsors provide funding that helps to defray the overall cost to schools, allowing SAM to offer this incredible program at a much lower cost.
Educational components that augment the VanGo! program include an interactive multimedia assembly program and comprehensive educator manual that includes background information on works of art/artists in the exhibit, as well as worksheets and activities that can be easily adapted to any grade level and foster learning in many academic areas beyond the arts. The educator manual can be downloaded off the Museum’s website and photocopied for each participating teacher at a host school; the manual is intended to provide a means to incorporate the visual arts into other academic curricula. The manual can be used year round, or in conjunction with the VanGo! program.
Since the program’s inception, VanGo! has touched the lives of over 350,000 visitors, inspiring and enriching the educational experience of students throughout our Commonwealth. For more information on VanGo!, its current exhibit or to schedule a visit, please contact the Education Department at 717-233-8668 x 5 or by email at email@example.com. Schools are encouraged to book VanGo! visits early, as dates tend to fill up rather quickly.