FOA Foundation names local Laguna Beach artist as president of its board of trustees

The FOA Foundation named Laguna Beach resident and artist Kathy Jones president.
The FOA Foundation named Laguna Beach resident and artist Kathy Jones president of its board of trustees. Jones succeeds former president Bob Earl.
(Courtesy of the FOA Foundation)

The FOA Foundation announced its newest president ahead of the new year, naming Laguna Beach artist Kathy Jones the successor to Bob Earl, who will now serve as the board’s treasurer.

“It is a great honor to work with the members of the FOA Foundation board to support the arts in Laguna Beach,” Jones said in a news release. “I am particularly honored to succeed Scott Moore and Bob Earl. Their vision and leadership have made great contributions to our vital arts community.”

“And of course, none of this would be possible without the foresight and commitment of the Festival of Arts board,” said Jones.

Jones, an exhibitor in the Festival of Arts for 19 years, has been a part of the foundation for two years.

Jones will be heading up the nonprofit’s board of trustees, which operates independently of the Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach.

The FOA Foundation distributes grants to nonprofits supporting the arts throughout Laguna Beach while the Festival of the Arts — headed by organization president David Perry — focuses on financial responsibility for scholarships and operates the summer Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters, which announced its theme in November for next year as “Wonderful World.”

Jones has served on the boards for the Festival of Arts, LOCA Arts Foundation and the Laguna College of Art + Design.

The foundation, established in 1989, has awarded nearly $3 million in grants across the city and about $100,000 annually.

Earlier this year, it awarded $100,000 to 17 Laguna Beach arts organizations including the Laguna Beach High School arts, ceramics and band boosters, the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, the Festival of Arts and Laguna Art Museum.

“Kathy Jones joined the FOA Foundation two years ago. As president, she brings a passion for the arts, as well as many years of strong administrative [and] board experience,” said former FOA Foundation president Bob Earl.

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