Lynn Susholtz

Lynn Susholtz has been involved in art and education for the last twenty-five years. She has developed curricula for and taught in private and public schools, community centers, and social service organizations, with people of all ages and backgrounds, throughout the county of San Diego. She is an arts education consultant who works with teachers in the classroom and with local school design teams to create environmental design enhancements to their sites.

She has been an Artist-in-Residence for the California Arts Council, and an arts education consultant for the University of California San Diego's Education Studies Department and San Diego Unified School Districts. Lynn continues to develop multidisciplinary arts programs and teach free after-school art classes; she has a passionate commitment to providing accessible art experiences to young people in their own communities.

Lynn owns the public art and education company Stone Paper Scissors, known for local public art projects, including the Vermont Street Bridge and the North Park Community Park Playground. She is interested in integrating youth and community ideas and needs into public art, facilities improvements, and environmental design. Students of all ages have been consultants and collaborators on all of her public projects, and she has been a mentor to many who have an interest in professional art practices. Lynn recognizes children's innate understanding of how an enlivened and artistic environment enhances our world, creates a sense of possibility, and represents the value projected onto them by the adults in charge.

Arts education in a broader approach is the goal of the Art Produce Gallery, which Lynn owns and curates. The gallery is entirely visible from the sidewalk and has become a unique venue for student work and emerging artists. The space allows unconventional presentation opportunities for artists and unexpected art encounters for viewers. Intended to enliven the experience of the pedestrian, it is an experiment in public art and education that is accessible to everyone. It is an attempt to make the art process both visible and transparent.

Lynn Susholtz

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