Vita West Muir
When I moved to Litchfield County 37 years ago I was a NY transplant who was not willing to give up the culture I'd come to expect. This was a place where people played bridge and tennis and I wanted more. So I opened my epic historic home to 100 people who wanted to come on in and launched an organization which 2 years later became a nonprofit. We were born at about the same time as CT Commission on the Arts and they trusted we were the real deal and gave us support for a concert by the great cellist David Darling. Thirty-five years, thousands of public service concerts, 21 Litchfield Jazz Festivals and 20 Litchfield Jazz Camps later, we're still here. It has been a juggling act to keep this all alive. We've done it with help from fans, foundations, businesses, the State of CT, a fistful of NEA ArtWorks grants, and a lot of persistence. As Woody Allen once said, "Its a shark, it swims or it dies." I'm 73 and still swimming. So is Litchfield Jazz and the army of people it helps, supports and inspires.