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Glenview, IL 60025
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Van Go Go

Van Go Go


Van Go Go, the North Shore band, is a growing collaborative of musicians with and without developmental disabilities across the greater Chicago area.

We get together every week to collaborate on various musical projects. Most notably, Van Go Go (formerly NSME) is the brain child of "Get the Dinosaurs on the Phone!" a full length rock opera music video!

Download your free mp3 of Get the Dinosaurs on the Phone! HERE

“Totally hypnotic and addictive.”- Tim Kazurinsky (Saturday Night Live)
“Very Cool” - George Wendt (Cheers).



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Van Go Go needs your support. We are extremely proud and fortunate to have volunteers and musicians work with the band, however our needs go beyond time and diligence. Your donations to Van Go Go help purchase vital equipment, instruments, and services imperative to keep the music playing.


Van Go Go Blog

Van Go Go at National Miss Amazing: A Photo Essay

On Thursday, June 30th, hundreds assembled in a ballroom at the Hyatt O’Hare in Rosemont to kick off National Miss Amazing. The crowd included dozens of beauty queens and their friends, family, and supporters, all decked out in their finest.

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Meet Nikole Heusman

     Nikole Heusman is a veteran artist at the North Shore Arts of Life studio. Nicole, or Niki as her friends call her, enjoys working with a variety of different mediums. Watercolor is her favorite, but she also works with charcoal, chalk pastel, and oil pastel, and acrylic.

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North Shore's Year in Review: 2015 Highlights

We have undergone many changes and accomplished many projects at the North Shore studio. Here is a list highlighting some of our favorite times of the year.

1. Hiring two new staff members:


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North Shore Volunteer Spotlight: Chelsea Yang

Chelsea Yang joined our studio in the spring of 2015 and we have been nothing but impressed with her so far. She is a graduate film student from Shanghai who has been documenting VanGoGo's progress as they move through the process of recording their first full-length album and go on tour. We are thrilled that she chose the Arts of Life as her first volunteer job!

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Meet Van Go Go : Ted Gram-Boarini

(Above: Ted Gram-Boarini drops a beat with Domeic Bucci at Van Go Go's sold out performance at Evanston SPACE)

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Meet Van Go Go: Hector "Sketch" Jones

(Above: Hector "Sketch" Jones" sings a cool harmony with bandmate Nikole Heusman at the Arts of Life's 2013 WInter Spectacular)

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Van Go Go Breaks it Down at Evanston SPACE

It was to a sold out crowd at Evanston SPACE that Van Go Go performed their biggest show to date.

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North Shore Volunteer Spotlight: Vanessa De Leon

Vanessa De Leon is our very favorite ukelele-playing, choreography-creating, psychology-studying volunteer! Her bandmate Hector Jones (pictured above with Vanessa) sat down to grill her about her life, her relationship with the studio and her thoughts about Van GoGo's upcoming gig at SPACE in Evanston. Let's listen in on their conversation... 


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Hector Talks Van Go Go

I’m in the band called Van Go Go and we are a group from Glenview and there are like 10 members and I’m the only rapper.

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North Shore Meet an Artist: Ted Gram-Boarini

Artist Ted Gram-Boarini joined the North Shore studio in September 2013. In just over a year he has established a focused art practice, joined a rock band, and developed meaningful relationships with new friends. In addition to his involvement at The Arts of Life, Ted also participates in programming and events provided by Center for Independent Futures (CIF). Keep reading to learn more about Ted’s interests and creative ventures.
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Who is Van Go Go?

You may have seen them at The Arts of Life's Summer Carnival. Or maybe you have been hearing all those hipsters with the skinny jeans and exaggerated mustaches talking about them at the bus stop.

But who is Van Go Go? 

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North Shore Meet an Artist: Danny Frownfelter

This month's featured North Shore artist is Danny Frownfelter. Both a visual artist and musician, Danny is a prolific art maker and a member of the North Shore Studio band Van Go Go. Learn more about Danny in this exclusive interview as he describes his art practice and many roles at the North Shore studio. Also keep an eye out for Danny as Pickles in the Big Breakfast Bonanza variety show at this month’s Sketchbook Swap on Friday, September 27th.
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Inside Glenview Features The Arts of Life

Who's on the cover? We are.

Inside Glenview featured The Arts of Life in their March 2013 issue. The article gives some great insight and perspective of the The Arts of Life, our core values, and our focus on community. John Sharp and the North Shore Studio's 2013 artist of the year, Nikole Heusman, are on the cover.

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Dear friend,

When I began volunteering at The Arts of Life I wasn't sure what to expect. What I saw immediately was the artists’ desire to write and perform great music.

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Get the Dinosaurs on the Phone! Fundraiser

The North Shore Music Ensemble is raising money for a music video for their original rock opera titled: Get the Dinosaurs on the Phone!

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