The Arts Grow People, Not Just Performers

Yesterday evening, I had the unique pleasure of being an alumni speaker for the Fairfax High School (FHS) Academy 20th Anniversary Gala, hosted at the Stacy Sherwood Community Center in Fairfax, VA. Speaking alongside alumni and current Academy Administrator Andrea Cook were founding Administrator Dave Saunders and former City of Fairfax Mayor John Mason, who helped garner support for the Academy in its founding year. The current students showcased each of the current programs in their own unique ways, from Korean fan dancing and drumming to musical theatre performances. It was an inspirational night that struck a unique chord with me. The thread thoughout the night was how important the ar


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