TURNING YOUR ARTS PLAN INTO A WORK OF ART

Michelle Holdt, Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator for San Mateo County Office of Education is a collage and bookmaking artist who integrated her artistic practice into the creation of a county-wide arts plan. She assembled a leadership team that worked with Peggy Burt, of the California Alliance for Arts Education, to collaboratively create a Strategic Arts Plan for San Mateo County. After the plan was written, Michelle and the team realized that it would be fitting to create a Strategic Arts Plan that was in itself a piece of art!  They had used the arts as a critical component of their planning work - so why not allow it to culminate in a beautifully artistic plan?  Michelle decided to create an interactive and visually inspiring piece of artwork that viewers would invest in emotionally. This unique strategic plan is presented in the form of an accordion book that helps the viewer become a participant, therefore ensuring the plan will be a living, breathing document. Check out the plan here