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July 26, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

the word raw is painted on a colorful background.

The purpose of Van Go is to bring art to youth out in the community—especially to those who haven’t yet had the chance to experience being part of our programs. We chose you to work with us because we feel you have the drive, desire, and creativity necessary to provide kids in the community with a safe, fun, active, and productive arts experience.

Our main job this summer is to help create moments where kids feel connected, cared for, heard, understood, supported, and accounted for. Of course, we will be working with them on specific projects and playing games with them—but as you already know, one of RAW’s main purposes is to help create a safe space for kids to express themselves through the art-making process. Just a simple moment of kindness or listening to a kid talk about their day or week while making art together can help that kid have hope for another day!

With this project, we aim to create and inspire positive reflections and uplift people in our community through art using mirrors, rocks, paint, and words that emit love, compassion, kindness, and positive vibes!

…aaaaaand the best part…we will do this while activating different spaces in parks throughout the city with the help and participation of local community organizations, elected officials, and community leaders that will be providing resources,
information and more for youth and families!

…aaaaaand another best part…FREE BOOKS TO TAKE HOME!!! Courtesy of The REAL Program in Lynn, MA!


When and where will this be?


Dates & locations are subject to change, follow us on social media for the most updated details

July 13th update: Locations below were updated, due to expected extreme heat.

  • Monday, July 17 from 11am-3pm at Flax Pond Park
  • Tuesday, July 18 from 11am-1pm & 1:30-3pm at CityHall, Dept.of Public Health’s Public Resource Room
  • Wednesday, July 19 from 11am-3pm at Neptine Blvd. Park
  • Thursday, July 20 from 11am-12pm at Brickett Elementary school & 1-3pm at the Lynn Farmer’s Market
    • At the Farmers Market we’ll be close to RAW and across from GALA (which will also be open and accessible to us for cooling down) at the end of our day so even if it’s hot we’ll be ok.
  • Monday, July 24 from 11am-3pm at Kiley Playground
    • If on Monday the 24th the Rain comes during our 11-3pm programming hours, for the RainDate, we will join forces with Councilor at Large, Nicole McClain, and pop-up at her Unity in Community Resource event on Saturday, July 29th at Gallagher Park from 12-3pm.
  • Tuesday, July 25 from 11am-3pm at Barry Park
  • Wednesday, July 26 from 11am-3pm at Flax Pond
  • Thursday, July 27 from 12 – 3pm at the TLLM Exhibit & Unvieling @ The Vault
As of right now these are confirmed add ons to the magic of our RAW VanGo! 2023 Summer season…
  • The Lovely Tania Freedman from our Lynn Senior Center will be transporting over 10 seniors from the Senior Center to several of our events to make art with our youth for this project!
  • CenterBoard will be joining us!  Definitely on the 25th and maybe on some other days too (waiting confirmation on other dates!
  • We will be giving away hundreds of books courtesy of the incredible REAL Program!
  • A Venezuelan Senior from the Senior Center will be doing LIVE Sketches on the 26th at Flax Pond.
  • The LPD Bike Crew and several Police officers will be popping in to show some love and make some art!  Workin on looping in LFD as well!


“Driven” By: Michelle Richardson – Community Engagement Manager. Contact Michelle at for more information.

The above information was submitted to us by RAW Art Works.


July 26, 2023
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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