Source: Coronado Unified School District
Six Coronado Unified School District teachers and one student received the Region One 2022 Arts Empower Ovation Awards. Winners will be recognized at the school board meeting on June 9, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. The awards recognize outstanding arts educators, individuals and organizations that influence and contribute to arts education. Nominations come from students, parents, teachers, school leaders or community members.
Austin Lim, a senior at the Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA) Conservatory of Visual Arts, received the Youth Artist Transformation award. The award is given to “a student who has exemplified the transformational impact of access to learning in the arts”. The award criteria include: artistic growth, social-emotional growth, and mindset growth. Lim inspired in all areas of growth both in the classroom and in his art; including his creation of a large-scale public mural of wings with unique feathers that community members could stand in front of to “take their wings” and take photos during the pandemic. The play is called “Good News. Great joy. Everybody.”
Lim’s teacher, Karrie Jackson, CoSA Visual Art Department Chair, said, “Austin Lim is to be commended for his contributions of optimism, perseverance, civic-mindedness and courage to our community. Not only has Austin made an impact with large-scale public works of art, but he also makes an everyday impact in the studio. His genuine sense of humor is infectious, helping to boost morale in the studio.
Karrie Jackson also received an award in the Artful Visionary category. She and CUSD’s Director of Special Programs, Shane Schmeichel, were both recognized for their roles in developing and implementing an arts education strategic plan through the Project Arts 4 Learning Department grant. of Defence. Jackson and Schmeichel were integral to the planning and execution of the TK-12 multi-year art plan; including integrating the arts curriculum into other secondary subjects and supporting the Visual and Performing Arts Curriculum (VAPA) in primary education.
CUSD had four winners in the Creative Leader category, which recognizes leadership and commitment to arts education: Coronado High School art teacher Laura Hill was recognized for her longstanding dedication to facilities student-created arts on campus and its unique ability to guide students to find their own creativity; Village elementary art teacher Cynthia Fuhrmann, whose K-12 scaffolding program exposes students to a variety of art forms beyond the physical, including music, dance and art history; Linda Kullman, a performing and choral arts teacher at Coronado Middle School, who dramatically enhances the student experience by programming opportunities for students to perform outside of the classroom at multiple district and community events while throughout the year; and Kris McClung, whose bold vision for an intensive, curriculum-based arts program in 1996 led to the establishment of the Coronado School of the Arts.
Arts Empower San Diego is a collective impact initiative of the San Diego County Office of Education that aims to improve and support arts education throughout the county. Region 1 encompasses the school districts of South San Diego County and includes Chula Vista Elementary, Coronado Unified, National, San Ysidro, South Bay Union, and Sweetwater Union.