We are a non-profit organization that focuses on
the advancement and access of art as a therapeutic process
for children with special needs.
100% of Donations
go directly to the children.
What Is A 'Go Go Dreamer'?
Any person with the willingness to 'GO' and
explore their dreams, no matter the challenges.
Sometimes all it takes is someone telling you:
We believe in you, you matter.
What We Do
The 'Go Go' Mission
Children with special needs are often overlooked, and need safe environments that allow them to express.
We aim to give every child, no matter their obstacles, the opportunity to ‘go’ and create.
The Go Go Dreamers Foundation gives these children the tools they need to bring out their special abilities, using the therapeutic process of making art.
The 'Go Go' Philosophy
Children with special needs, like all children, want to be understood and acknowledged for their
unique strengths and gifts.
Whether a child is experiencing medical, emotional, or cognitive issues, we believe that the arts is an integral part of child’s healthcare and well being.
Using art as a therapeutic process is a powerful tool that promotes focus, accomplishment, and self-esteem.
We focus on the process, rather than the final product or result, which allows the child freedom to take risks, and to create something that is uniquely their own. This in turn allows them to gain a
sense of empowerment and self-fulfillment.
At our 'Dreamer Day' events, we host children with various special needs, as we invite them to explore, and create using a wide variety of art making tools.
We provide each child with a 'Dreamer Kit', for them to take home after the event. Each kit includes crayons, markers, paper, and activity cards.
Dreamer Days are an opportunity for children and families to escape. It's all about the children 'going' and finding their own voice, and in some cases,
MEET THE GO GO BROTHERS
Nicknamed “Rooey” and “Bean Boy”, they each have grown up with their own set of challenges.
The youngest was born with Spina Bifida, a congenital spine defect that is the most common permanently disabling birth defect in the U.S. The oldest was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) at age six.
No matter the hurdles, the boys' constant ability to rise to their challenges, has been remarkable.
The parents, Adam and Lisa Kelly, attribute this to the one constant in their family's life:
Using art as a foundation, the family has always tried to show the boys that while maybe their disabilities can limit them in this world, there is no limits when it comes to your imagination.
This was a hard concept for the boys to initially understand, as throughout the course of their young lives, they’ve come to realize that there are in fact limits. The parents then decided to start focusing on showing the boys different ways you can make the impossible - possible.
With this in mind, the family launched a series of short videos on Youtube in December of 2017.
The show (comprised of drawings and live-action footage) features adventures inspired by boys and viewers who submit their own artwork and story ideas.
What begin as a way for the boys to escape their daily routines and provide a security blanket, has now accomplished something way beyond the family's wildest dreams, it:
HELPED THEM GROW.
Throughout the course of making the show, the family quickly realized that the process of simply 'making something' has profound emotional and cognitive impacts. It has decreased the boys' fear, stress, anxiety and increased pride and self-worth.
This kind of impact brought the family to the realization that children with special needs could greatly benefit from the same type of support system. The family saw how this art-based therapeutic system could allow children to escape any pre-conceived definition of who they are inside.
With all of this in mind, the family formed the foundation in August 2018.