Isaak Brown: AEL Alum Guest Lecturer

May 25, 2012 at 11:12 am Leave a comment

“Listen to your inner voice” was the message that alumni Isaak Brown ’05 shared with Idyllwild Arts Academy’s seniors at Monday’s Senior Seminar. Isaak, recipient of the Richard MacNeal Award awarded to the most outstanding senior at Idyllwild Arts and a 2005 Presidential Scholar in the Arts, returned as part of the AEL Alum Guest Lecture which is coordinated through a grant from the Arts Enterprise Laboratory. Don Put, administrator for the Arts Enterprise Laboratory, stated “ the series provides a platform for IAA alums to discuss the aspects of a ‘real’ life in the arts and how that might inform other parts of a career that might or might not be directly related to a specific art form.”

Don Put, AEL Administrator, introduces guest speaker Isaak Brown ’05 to the Senior Class

Isaak chose to follow a non-traditional route after graduation. He took a year off and joined “City Year” in Seattle, an organization that is part of AmeriCorps. It was during this year that he made the decision to follow his own inner voice and take a path where he began work with youth and violence prevention programs. He’s continued that work and taken time off to study and pursue opportunities as they’ve presented themselves. Currently, Isaak is enrolled in a masters program at the University of California – Berkeley where he’s focusing on religion and counseling. The choices Isaak made in life have created a path that, for him, has lead to fulfillment and a career.

Don Put states the program is designed  “to feature speakers who have taken many different paths since they graduated from IAA; that is, some of them have continued to work in their chosen art form while others have taken less traditional paths that are not necessarily centered on their art, though they incorporate aspects of their arts training into their careers. Our students have been trained to be creative problem solvers and to think outside of the box. When our alums share their individual stories we believe it encourages our current seniors to adopt a broader view of what constitutes a life in the arts and allows them to envision the art of living.”

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