Rebecca Mack is a sound and visual artist, performing musician, and teaching artist, living and working in Burlington, Vermont. As a teaching artist, Mack works with adults and children, with a special focus on early education. Recent residencies include visual arts with toddlers and preschoolers, singing with disabled adults, hip-hop and social justice with teens, street art for teens, sensory-friendly drumming for students with autism, painting with infants, sound art and vocal music with elementary students, and professional development for early educators. Mack also works at Burlington Children's Space in the position of atelierista: in-house arts educator and documentation support staff in the Reggio Emilia tradition. Her approach to arts education employs mindfulness and exploration of open-ended materials for a constructivist approach to creative learning.
Rebecca Mack's formal training includes drawing, photography, vocal performance, music history and music composition. Independently she has studied animation, print-making, sound recording, turntablism and percussion. An active exciter of extra-institutional scholarship, her studies currently focus on themes of human development across the lifespan, the relationship of descriptive language to scientific inquiry in children, and the theory and history which support her practice as a performer of Eastern European and Jewish folk music. Turntablism and graffiti, two of the five elements of hip-hop culture, are ever present in her work as a visual and sound artist. Mack works as a hip-hop dj, or turntablist, under the name DJ Mothertrucker, accompanying a regular hip-hop dance class at Swan Dojo (Burlington, VT) with dance teacher, Lois Trombley. She also directs and performs with the vocal ensemble, Amerykanka, founded in 2013.
Mack feels that her work as an artist would be incomplete without her work as teacher; the creativity and inquiry of the students with whom she works is the main nutrient of her music and art.
She is currently writing and illustrating a book on sound and light, as scientific phenomena and art materials, for children and adults.