3. FOG has honored a wide range of Innovators over the years, from notable chefs to acclaimed architects and Instagram founders. Why was Linda Ronstadt chosen as this year’s Innovator?
“With the Innovators Luncheon, we always aim to honor someone who is a true pioneer in their field,” Stanlee Gatti explains. “Linda Ronstadt, one of the world’s greatest singing voices, has compiled a truly amazing discography. No longer able to perform due to Parkinson’s, she is still very present in our world, and remains active in a variety of other ways. The time is right to honor this living legend.”
4. Why do you think FOG is important right now; what social, educational, and artistic needs does FOG meet that have been lacking during lockdown? (What can we gain from in-person interaction we couldn’t get through Zoom?)
“It’s safe to say that we are all very tired of Zoom, and eager to gather together again in person,” Gatti says. “Seeing art and design on a screen is a far cry from experiencing it in person. Visitors will be delighted to see works of art and design in real life, and to have the opportunity to talk with other people, in person, in real-time about what they are seeing.” Getti thinks people will also be thrilled with FOG’s dynamic lineup of programs, as participating in live discussions creates a more authentic experience.