The Go Go Brothers have benefited from their experience with art, and their parents hope to spread its importance by collecting supplies for others.
Adam and Lisa Kelly know what a positive experience art has been for their children, and they want to share this knowledge with others. The Winter Garden family hosted a fundraiser recently, and dozens of community members and neighbors attended, bringing with them a slew of art supplies to be shared with other children with special needs.
The event, Gift A Dream Night, was held Saturday, Sept. 28, at Barley & Hops Windermere Tavern and included raffles and visits from a number of princesses and superheroes.
The Kelly boys are 7 and 9 and are known publicly by their nicknames, Bean Boy and Rooey, and for their artistic adventures on YouTube. Rooey has autism spectrum disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and Bean Boy was born with spina bifida.
When the Kellys discovered their sons reacted positively to the arts, they allowed them to express themselves through drawings and video, which has enhanced their lives.
“Art, as we’ve realized, it improves your focus, your social skills, your self-esteem, all the things you need to be upstanding adults,” Adam Kelly said. “Art has really provided skills … for us, it’s really been the doorway to opening up our world.”
The Go Go Brothers, as they are called, star in art-based, dad-created YouTube videos. Their personal and online success led the family to create the Go Go Dreamers Foundation, so others with disabilities can thrive as the Kelly brothers have.
Fundraisers allow the Kellys to provide art supplies, as well as scholarships to lessons in the arts, to qualified Central Florida children.
“Some of the kids have never been exposed to art, whatever their circumstances,” Adam Kelly said. “We really wanted to do an event that was about gifting dreams for these kids.”