VanGo! Museum on Wheels is a unique museum experience that ‘travels’ to various locations within a 2.5 hour radius of the Susquehanna Art Museum (SAM). Developed in 1992 as a response to the needs of a rural student population with limited exposure to museum quality art work, the program has since grown into a valuable resource for many groups (both young and old) living within the Central Pennsylvania region. Since the program’s inception, it has touched the lives of over 350,000 visitors, both inspiring and enriching their personal experience with visual art.
At the heart of the VanGo! experience is a belief that the most effective art educational experiences are ones that expose viewers to primary sources, rather than reproductions. This interactive experience allows both children and adults to engage with works of art in a distinctive way that is unattainable through secondary sources such as textbooks, films, or photographs. The exhibition, which changes periodically, features contemporary artists working in a variety of mediums such as painting, sculpture, and photography.
All VanGo! visits to schools include an interactive multimedia presentation by one of SAM’s educators, as well as a comprehensive manual for teachers to use in conjunction with the visit. The manual includes information such as the artist’s background, detailed, and age appropriate descriptions of the works on display, as well as worksheets and activities that can be easily adapted to any grade level. The educator manual, which provides a means to incorporate the visual arts into other academic curricula, may be downloaded here. Since this program also meets the ‘Academic Standards’ established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, it provides a great way to supplement a school’s current resources.
The Susquehanna Art Museum charges host sites with a nominal fee for each visit. Pricing for on-site visits vary and are contingent upon the visitor’s location. For more information or to schedule the VanGo! experience at your school* or organization, please contact Andrea Glass at 717.233.8668 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Please note that schools are given priority over non-educational groups and are encouraged to schedule visits as early as possible to insure availability.