Artist-Educators that ROll with the Bus!
Love of children resides in the heart of Morgan Menzel, who spends her life energy in the company of children in special needs, afterschool, and preschool settings. In 2023, Morgan joined the roster of art educators on The Arts Bus with cheerful enthusiasm, jumping right into The Puppet Factory production in Rutland City and extending thru the Summer ’23 Art Adventure Tour in 8 summer camps over 10 weeks teaching S.T.E.A.M. using resins, acrylics, wind & heat powered art. Morgan is a talented artist in many mediums with an appetite for learning more and a sea turtle aficionado!
Ida Mae Specker
A 3rd generation fiddle player, Ida Mae was born in a one room cabin in the woods of Vermont. Along with her older sister Lila, she learned to play the fiddle at a very early age from her father John Specker. Ida Mae fuses original, contemporary, and traditional material, bringing heartfelt new life and relevance to the chain of American folk music.
Ida traveled with The Arts Bus in Summer ’22 recording her original song “Vermont, Our Home” at 3 camps with over 70 kids in Vermont and again in Summer ’23 for a 3-day stop in St. Johnsbury. She’s a welcomed addition to the bus, offering her amazing artistry with unique ability to reach into the past and put a legacy of folk music into the heart of Vermont’s future.
Morgan Easton grew up in central Vermont and recently graduated from Vermont Technical College with degrees in Architectural Engineering Technology and Sustainable Design and Technology. Morgan gives her energy to her co
mmunity, whether in work or play, she’s a pillar of the village. Morgan’s principle art form with The Arts Bus has literally built the S.T.E.A.M. in it! From 3D creations to teaching a 5–class series on Rube Goldberg artistry & machines, Morgan gifts the young artists with a unique perspective every time!
Entreprenuer & artist, Jordyn or “Jo” uses color in fabrics, hair, paper & canvas while raising a child. She’s a guide to tie dye creations, an absolute hit with the kids (while taking a LOT of behind-the-scenes work!) Her artistry is on display at Art on the Farm at Sprague Ranch in 2023!
ARTS BUS ENCOURAGEMENTORS: The Arts Bus seeks “EncourageMentors” from 12-18 years old to hop aboard the bus to help us achieve our mission, learn & teach art, and earn a paycheck! Pictured here are Kiara & Brooke, who joined the Summer ’23 Art Adventure Tour in Rutland City, South Royalton & Randolph summer camp programs to make puppets, resin runes & zodiac signs, acrylic flow paintings, cotton candy…and friends for life!
Would you like to teach on the bus?
At The Arts Bus, we place real value on what it takes to become an artist, learn skills, and teach them to others. We are always looking to hire local, quality artists educators who can empower the joy of art through teaching it to children, principally 6-12 year old artists in 2-5-hour blocks in a variety of settings lasting 1-5 days! If you’d like to teach on the bus, please Contact us and peruse our Art-Educator Application.