when the van doesn’t go

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Public funding for vital and viable arts programs often wanes.  And it’s in this opportunity where agritourism’s art and agriculture may prove to have the ability to fill untold gaps.

VanGo was an Oregon-based community outreach program that used a mobile art studio to bring arts education to children living in rural towns. The studio, housed in a Honda Element, transported art supplies and art instructors to areas with under-served children who had little to no access to professional-level arts education. As of the end of late 2015 and early 2016, over 2,250 children had been reached through this innovative program.

Last week, Arts Central—the hub for arts education and advocacy services in Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties—closed its doors due to lack of funding. Local art students of all ages and financial means will feel the impact of the loss of the beloved nonprofit that provided hands-on learning opportunities to the community for over 40 years.  That Art Central touched and changed many lives is unquestionable.

When the van doesn’t go, we have a cultural problem involving access to arts, education, enrichment, and self-actualization.  The great news is that rising agritourism or agribusiness can help extend the reach of arts through farm-based activities incorporating more unique art programs.  When the van doesn’t go, we can’t get ANYWHERE.

lange: art, agriculture, agritourism.  Exploring and expanding the intersections of art, agriculture, agritourism, and agrarian systems.  We specialize in Florida’s creative placemaking.  How can we help you grow? 941/875.5190.

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