06bad52a4f4045ad4158017b2e1a51bfGeorge Bernard Shaw famously asserted, “you use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul”.

I’ve always loved that quote. Mostly because it speaks so poignantly to the role art plays in our lives. Regardless of the medium, art is the conduit by which we examine our very essence of being.

For me, art is motivation personified. It challenges ways of thinking, pushes imagination, and can be jarring and familiar all at the same time. It’s the definitive shared experience for humanity specifically because of its ability to create common ground for discussion and reflection.

Where would we be without art?

I believe in the vitalness of art, which is why I invest my time, talents, and resources in FOGG Theatre. FOGG agrees that the arts are society’s mirror and window, champion and watchdog. They fervently believe that storytelling is a powerful tool of self-reflection and I couldn’t agree more.

Musical storytelling has the power to transform, lift, enrich and engage people in conversation about who are and who we’re becoming. More now than ever, we need avenues by which all are invited to looking inward, outward, backward, and forward.

By examining the truth of who we are, stories can effect transformation, leading to a more mindful and connected community. And it’s not just the Bay Area that needs that right now…it’s the entire country and world.

One of my favorite books growing up was Miss Rumphias. If you haven’t read it, be sure to check it out. It’s a classic for the ages (and a great holiday gift!).

The story is about a woman seeking to do something to make the world more beautiful. This quest always resonated with me, so when I was given the opportunity to join FOGG’s board of directors I knew this was moment where I could help to foster more beauty in our world.

I hope you’ll join me in supporting an organization whose mission it is to foster a cultural dialogue through the creation and presentation of original art. FOGG is a community of individuals who know that art is the heartbeat of our world and without a heart, we cease to exist.

Let us continue to gain perspective now and always by investing in something that truly makes the world a more beautiful place.

Leta Soza
Vice President, FOGG Board of Directors

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