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Creative Leader Ovation Awards

The Creative Leader Ovation Awards are presented by Arts Empower San Diego and the San Diego Unified School District VAPA Department.

Creative Leaders demonstrate a strong commitment to and leadership in and through arts education. Creative Leaders motivate, inspire, and influence others to strengthen learning in the arts. They influence and guide programmatic systems to support equity in arts education. They also work to stay current in arts education research to promote quality programs and meaningful learning opportunities for the students they serve.

Judy Visque is being recognized for her commitment to and leadership in and through arts education. Miss Judy, as students refer to her, works alongside the art department at Muirlands Middle School. She makes it her professional and personal duty to provide equitable opportunities to all students despite physical, cognitive, or economic challenges. Miss Judy inspires all students to always give their best and is a personal example of how art can create joy through something as simple as a door decorating contest or as big as a talent show. 

Miss Judy is involved in every aspect of creativity on this campus and mentors not only the students, but the teachers, as well. Muirlands Middle School teacher, Amy Hunt, shares that she has never worked with a more creative joyful soul in her more than 20 years of teaching. Ms. Visques’s joy and creativity is inspirational to all those around her. Everyone at the school enjoys this kind of spirit in their day. Miss Judy makes your cup full and overflowing with passion for the arts and life in general.

Click here to see all the award winners.