The number of Staples graduates who go on to careers in the arts is astonishing. From Eric von Schmidt and Christopher Lloyd, through Brian Keane and Bradley Jones on through Ari Edelson, Daryl Wein, Gina Rattan — and the hundreds more whose parents will respond wrathfully because I did not name them — Westporters make their marks as actors, artists, musicians, choreographers, stage managers, cinematographers, sound engineers, and in countless other ways.
But they’re not the subject of this post.
Thousands of other Westport students were exposed to music, visual arts, theater and literature, then moved on to careers in law, medicine, technology, blogging, insider trading, and god knows what else.
Yet they still remain involved in the arts.
They act in community theater. Serve on symphony boards. Sing with a church choir. Etc., etc., etc.
Every October, the Westport Arts Advisory Committee honors notable and rising young “artists” (in the broad sense of the word). The brochure — detailing new and past awardees — makes for fascinating reading.
In 2013 — for the 20th anniversary of the awards — the WAAC wants to include as many “non-professionals” as they can find.
That information — recounting the impact the arts had on these bankers, engineers, CEOs and whatnot long after Staples — could be even more intriguing than the usual stuff.
First, though, the committee must find them.
If you — or someone you know — is still involved in the arts, in a non-make-your-living-at-it way, email Ann Chernow at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Sandy Lefkowitz at email@example.com.
And, just for fun, click “Comments” and let “06880” readers know too. We shouldn’t have to wait 17 months to hear about the arts’ influence on non-artists’ lives.