Visual Arts and Music for Society
teenagers serving the community through
music, creative arts, and performing arts
What is VAMS?
A non-profit organization, Visual Arts and Music for Society (VAMS International) consists of youth who seek to bring music, art, and companionship to those less fortunate in their local communities.
Recognizing the healing power of art and its ability to uplift, VAMS members reach out to those who suffer from poverty, diseases, disorders, and disabilities. The organization achieves its goals by visiting and sharing their talents with thousands of individuals at hospitals, orphanages, convalescent homes, burn treatment centers, and homeless shelters. Along the way, volunteers also benefit from their involvement in VAMS, from developing event organization skills to building lasting friendships.
Learn more about VAMS.
New Book: Civic Work, Civic Lessons
Our founder Ernestine Fu and Stanford professor Thomas Ehrlich have written a book on public service.
Civic Work, Civic Lessons explains how and why people of all ages, and particularly young people, should engage in public service as a vocation or avocation. Its authors are 57 years apart, but united in their passion for public service, which they term “civic work.” The book provides unique intergenerational perspectives. Thomas Ehrlich spent much of his career in the federal government. Ernestine Fu started a non-profit organization at an early age and then funded projects led by youth. Both have engaged in many other civic activities. An introductory chapter is followed by seven key lessons for success in civic work. Each lesson includes a section by each author. The sections by Ehrlich draw mainly on his experiences. Those by Fu draw on her civic work and that of many young volunteers whom the co-authors interviewed. The concluding chapter focuses on leveraging technologies for civic work.
All profits received by the authors from the sale of this book will be donated to philanthropic organizations.