MBA, Executive Director, St.
Madeleine Sophie's Center
1995, Debra Turner Emerson has served as Executive Director of St. Madeleine
Sophie's Center (SMSC), a day training program for 308 adults with developmental
disabilities. By tapping into her knowledge of the arts and lifelong
passion for creating her own artwork, in 1999 she expanded SMSC's fledgling
art program by opening Sophie's Art Gallery that now serves 100 SMSC
students who learn a variety of media; access their creativity; and
earn income. It also offers public art classes; local, regional and
national exhibitions of student work; on-site gift shop; and satellite
gift shop (Sophie's Too on SMSC's main campus).
is your vision of the future of the Visual arts for San Diego?
"I would establish more collaborations similar to those promoted
by SMSC/Sophie's Gallery, i.e. partnerships with other arts organizations;
and via public art and Alley Cat Art Walk that strengthen community
revitalization. By working together, we expand opportunities for all
and enhance our sense of wonder at the power of art."