Dear FOA Friends and Family,
I don’t know about you, but the last 6 weeks seems like a lifetime around the Foundation of Arts. No stories are being told on the FOA stages. I’ve never pinched pennies, listened to the government, and brainstormed – concurrently – so much in my entire life. I suspect that many people running small businesses are in the same boat as we are, and I hope that those people have felt the same support and love from family and friends that we have felt.
I’m thinking of the old adage, Luck favors the prepared.
Because I’m an “overthinker”, I have been going over how the Foundation of Arts could have been a little more prepared for the COVID-19 crisis. While I realize that a pandemic of this nature might have been unexpected, I also recognize the importance of putting measures in place to provide some form of consistency. That’s why I’m excited to tell you that we are in the planning stages of creating more flexible and varied arts programming, so the FOA can more consistently serve our community in the event of a future public crisis. Like many of you, I’m learning “on the job”, and hopefully, we are all transforming into people with greater flexibility and deeper wisdom. Using what we have learned, we will create a Foundation of Arts that will continue to thrive even when times are tough.
In March, I came to you with our challenge; The FOA would not be able to serve this community in the future without your help. Today I am looking at a list of more than 60 people who stepped up to say, I will help out with what I can. In turn, those people have given more than $17,000 to keep a home for local arts alive and well. In addition to a hundred other financial supporters, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your demonstration of love for this mission. You know that community arts have the power to unify and heal our people as nothing else can.
We still have a long way to go. As we work to make the FOA stronger and more flexible, our system is still very dependent on gathering in the hundreds. Until we feel confident as a community to do this, the FOA will struggle to stay viable through the long journey toward economic recovery. But Tuesday, May 5th is Giving Tuesday, and that, in itself, is a great reason to hope for a bright future for the Foundation of Arts. I hope that if you are able to give, you will.
In times like this, we have the opportunity to realize who our friends are, regardless of whether we all agree on this or that, and to find common ground. I believe the FOA is that common ground. Some of these lessons are hard ones, but today, I believe that I am the luckiest gal in the world to have gotten a front row seat to witness that story played out on our very own FOA “stage.”
With a Heart for Arts,