Noted by Stephen Wooters
Congratulations. If you received a copy of 068 Magazine and have the discretionary time to read this issue’s introduction you are likely very fortunate. There are 3,006 counties in this great nation. Fairfield County, the home of 068 zip codes, is consistently ranked as one of the wealthiest and best places to live and work.
As one of the original 13 colonies, Connecticut and Fairfield County have a storied, deep-rooted history within our nation and I am reminded of a story from our American Revolution. While our forefathers fought for our independence on the grounds around us, John Adams was commissioned to France to solicit support for the war. During his time overseas, John would frequently write to Abigail. In one of his letters, he recounted an interaction he had with the Dauphin of France. The Dauphin asked if he liked the arts. Paraphrasing John Adams’ response: “Unfortunately, I must study politics and war so that my children may have the liberty to study mathematics, engineering and science. My children ought to study mathematics, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children the right to study painting, poetry, music and art.” Today, collectively we are the great-grandchildren of our nation’s founders. Whether immigrants or 10th generation Americans, we are the great-grandchildren of John and Abigail.
Spring and summer are a time of growth and prosperity. And while not everyone, even within the 068 geography, is blessed with the fortune of embracing the arts, it remains an opportunity for all of us to extend the potential for others to enjoy the benefits of arts and culture.
Together, we can continuously enable our communities to share our diverse cultural stories through the mediums of painting, photography, sculpture, prose, architecture and performing arts. Our collective success is found in our ability to expand and generate access to the arts and culture which already permeates our community. Ours is a great community, made greater every day by spreading these virtues. Together, let us spend the summer of our nation, the summer of our lives, sharing our good fortunes. Let us help extend the arts to all those around us as a demonstration of our collective success.
And let’s enjoy another great issue of 068 Magazine.