Kids and Community
Bart works with kids and community a lot and loves it. Bart started working with children as an elementary teacher 30 years ago. He became an artist 25 years ago and now works with young people of all ages making art. He has taught over 300 school arts residencies, founded several puppetry arts programs, and created innumerable puppets shows with folks of many shapes, sizes, in many different places and life situations.
As a Teaching Artist, he has worked for In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, The Minnesota State Arts Board, Intermedia Arts, Stages Theatre, Ordway Center for Performing Arts, VSA of Minnesota, Urban Arts Academy, and more. Through this experience, he recognizes the strength of integrating and complementing puppetry into program curriculum to create a holistic learning environment. He is currently a COMPAS Teaching Artist. compas.org/artists/bart-buch
To book a puppetry arts residency with Bart, please send a message with details via the contact form.
“I believe one of the most important contributions both artists and educators can make is to help develop a sense of real self-confidence in people through expression and growth of specific gifts or talents they have to share. I want to foster the emergence and growth of these unique gifts through puppetry arts.” -Bart
Kid-related news: Bart and his husband Seth, also a puppeteer and arts educator, are currently looking for a kiddo, to be matched with a birth parent for domestic infant adoption. If you want to learn more or help them, visit bartandsethadopt.com
Bart has taught over 300 school arts residencies, founded several puppetry arts programs, and created innumerable puppets shows with folks of many shapes, sizes, in many different places and life situations.
Puppet Camp OUT
From 2000-2005, Puppet Camp OUT brought together GLBTQA youth, ages 13-19, to learn, dialogue, workshop and create performances using puppets, poetry, music and masks. These performances were then toured around the Twin Cities.
From 1997-2019, Bart was a Parade Artist on the May Day Artist Team at In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre. He co-created and led 23 consecutive May Day parade sections.
The Phillips Project
From 2008 – 2018, The Phillips Project, a community-based residency, provided an immersive puppet and mask theater experience to the neighborhood youth who have limited access to arts programming.