S.M.A.S.H. Bus is designed to create inclusive and accessible art-making opportunities for a variety of diverse communities through the resourceful use of locally collected found object materials. Art is a universal language that builds bridges of understanding and connects us to who we are while empowering a collective and innovative mind. Art making offers a way to channel the rampant emotional, physical, and spiritual disconnect in our modern society into innovative and original articulations. As a mobile art studio, S.M.A.S.H. provides opportunities for self-expression, collaboration, and meaningful experiences to people from all walks of life.
MEET SHELLY SHUCKER
Michelle Korte (also know as Shelly Shucker) has taught creative arts in public and private schools, museums, and community centers in Chicago, Oakland, and Albuquerque for over twenty years. She holds degrees and certificates in Fine Art, Art as Social Change, Creative Art Therapies, and Interdisciplinary Arts. She is impassioned about making the uplifting and transformative power of art accessible to all people. In 2017 she manifested a dream into reality by converting a school bus into a mobile art studio (S.M.A.S.H. Bus) and has since expanded her to work to include a growing number of communities, including detention centers, refugees, and teens experiencing homelessness. Shelly is also a certified Yoga Instructor, bringing mindfulness and self-care into all areas of her life and work. She believes that the self-expression and problem-solving skills developed through making art are essential to a healthy and well-wounded society.