Creativity Connects Ridgefield
What fuels a vibrant, connected, and creative community? What makes people feel good about living in Ridgefield?
When locals share the creativity that they uncover in the nooks and crannies of their community it brings about connectivity and makes us all feel good. Believe it or not, you discover creativity every day as you walk, shop, work, and play in Ridgefield.
Creativity connects us.
Meet Bryan Perri, Broadway conductor and proud Ridgefielder!
Is there an organization in town that makes you feel good?
There are so many organizations in this community doing wonderful and important work. I'm of course partial to ACT of Connecticut - an organization dedicated to bringing art and art education to our beautiful town. COVID has been an especially challenging time for us. Due to the fortitude, persistence and creativity of our fearless leaders Daniel C Levine, Erin Craig and Katie Diamond - we were and are one of the first and only theaters allowed to reopen our doors to the public. This is in a large part due to the love and support that the Town of Ridgefield provides us. It is a town that appreciates and uplifts art, those who attempt to practice it, and those want to bear witness to it. It’s a privilege to perform here. Our motto is “theater matters”. In a time like this, when we are collectively grappling with so many issues, theater and the arts matter more than ever. In a time when we are learning to stand alongside and amplify the voices of our Black and Brown brothers and sisters, theater matters more than ever. In a time when our fellow humans need to experience joy in the midst of dark and uncertain times, theater matters more than ever.
Where do you go for inspiration and creativity?
I'm a nature lover. All our town's open spaces offer a quiet beauty and solitude that always speaks to me and gives me space for my soul to stir. If I'm not wandering one of Ridgefield's many hiking trails you might find me wandering the aisles at Books on the Common in search of a new voice or story to connect me to the rich tapestry of our collective experience.
I’m a big fan of the Casey Lane/Marjoy Pond Trail. Within seconds of arrival, the world disappears and you find yourself immersed in a tolkienesque landscape that almost seems to change by the moment in concert with the seasons. I also love mountain laurel season in Old Sib. To disappear into a sea of simple white and pink blossoms is pure bliss.
What do you love about your community?
I love the people and our growing diversity of experience. There is so much to learn from one another. It’s the day-to-day relationships that connect me to the community. Every hello, every local purchase, every smile given to a stranger is a collaboration of sorts. May we all continue to collaborate!
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