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Our new Instagram philosphy. Plus, check out the stories and successes of ZAP-funded orgs and learn what professional development opportunities are coming up.
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Big Changes on the @slcoZAP Instagram Account
By Megan Attermann, ZAP Program Coordinator

I've done a lot of soul searching. I've done some reflection. And I've realized something: our Instagram account is not reaching its potential.

I've waxed philosophic about social media before. But now it's time to practice what I preach.

That's why we are changing our approach to Instagram. The purpose will no longer be direct marketing. And it won't be about us. Instead, it will be a place of engagement and community. (Which, you might argue, will also buoy our marketing approaches.)

ZAP's motto, "ZAP is You," is likely not new to you. But, really, ZAP is you. So, we're dedicating our Instagram account to celebrating (and sharing) your vibrant and creative life.  

We invite you to be a part of it. 

We are kicking off this new approach to Instagram next Thursday by introducing our first (of many!) weekly challenges. Here's how it will work:
  • Every Thursday, we will announce a theme and a #hashtag to go along with it.
  • You have one week to post as many photos as you'd like based on that theme. Feel free to get creative. As you go about your week, keep the theme in the back of your mind. Tag those themed photos with the weekly #hashtag.
  • Each day of the week, ZAP will choose at least one photo to highlight from our account. We'll tag your account and give you full credit. These photos will also display on our homepage
  • Anyone can participate -- whether you are representing your organization or simply want to play along from your personal account.
  • Our vision is that this will grow. As we build our community, we will try new engaging and creative approaches. (Just one idea we've thrown around: weekly guest curators.)
I hope you'll join in the fun. Make sure to follow us @slcozap if you don't already. 

I look forward to seeing your photos soon.

Thank you,

P.S. We love this cool take on Instagram's new logo by artist El Garrobo.
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Taking Your Kids to Spiral Jetty: Five Tips For Parents
By Emily Armacost, PR & Marketing Assistant at the UMFA

One of our goals while the Utah Museum of Fine Arts ( UMFA) is temporarily closed is to direct art lovers to the incredible examples of Land art that can be found right here in Utah. The UMFA hosted a successful and fun community meet-up at Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels in April, and we’ll host a meet-up at Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty October 1. But don’t wait for us; go out and experience Land art with your family this summer. We’ve got some great tools to help make the most of your adventure—and they’re free!

We’ve partnered with Salt Lake City Public Library to make three Spiral Jetty Family Backpacks available for free checkout at the children's desk at the Main Library downtown. Enjoy a family outing to Spiral Jetty and learn about the history, art, and science around this world-renowned artwork. Fun tools include a microscope, binoculars, compass, thermometer, and maps to guide your interaction with the landscape and science of Great Salt Lake. A sketchbook and worksheets help generate insight to both the artwork and the artist. Basalt rocks (made of foam) let you try your hand at making a little jetty of your own... read more.


Creative Placemaking in South Salt Lake
By Lesly Allen, Arts Council Coordinator for South Salt Lake

How do you define Creative Placemaking? What does it look like, and how are Creative Placemaking strategies being used in South Salt Lake?

Creative Placemaking can be described as “partners from public, private, non-profit, and community sectors strategically shaping the physical and social character of a neighborhood, town, city, or regions around arts and cultural activities.  Creative placemaking animates public and private spaces, rejuvenates structures and streetscapes, improves local business viability and public safety, and brings diverse people together to celebrate, inspire, and be inspired.”

-Ann Markusen and Anne Gadwa, A White Paper for The Mayor’s Institute on City Design, a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Why do Creative Placemaking?

The South Salt Lake Arts Council believes that Creative Placemaking can positively impact three aspects of life in communities ranging from rural, small cities, and metropolitan areas... read more.


Holladay Arts Council is "Healing Through Art"
By Margo Richards, Arts Council Coordinator for Holladay Arts

In December 2015, the Holladay Arts Council started on a great adventurewith five refugee communities in Salt Lake City. These five groups had four workshops brought to their neighborhoods and community centers. The Arts Council worked closely with theDepartment of Workforce Services and Utah Division of Arts & Museums to coordinate over 100 refugee participants of all ages and over 60 volunteers. These volunteers included art therapists, art teachers, translators, a professional photographer and many more. The workshops went on for six months. The Holladay Arts Council is teaching artistic skills, building confidence and identifying talented artists whom they can pair with mentors to further develop their art through a program entitled “Healing Through Art.” This program gives refugees living in Utah a chance to tell their stories through art. Refugees receive one-on-one mentoring with local artists at a series of workshops. Therapists are on hand to hear and record their stories, wishes and dreams.

Community Art and Bios at the Chase Home

On June 4, in conjunction with World Refugee Day, a sampling of the artists’ work was displayed at the Chase Home in Liberty Park. This was a great day. Many volunteers where able to witness the artists showing their friends and family their artwork. For many of the refugees, this was the first time -- in America -- they publicly shared their creations. It was very heartwarming. These artworks will be on display through August 2016... read more.

Zoo, Arts and Parks has a growing blog! Be a part of building a large archive of stories about your work and the personal impact of arts, culture and recreation! Share your story! We are currently looking for blog posts to go live on the following dates:
  • August 24
  • September 14
  • September 21
  • October 5
  • October 12
  • October 26
If you're interested in contributing, please contact Megan Attermann to discuss the details and schedule a date.
ZAP updates
  • Tier II: The Tier II Advisory Board is expecting to be able to make funding recommendations for 2016 applications by late August.
  • Tier I & Zoological: The Tier I Advisory Board is expecting to be able to make funding recommendations for 2017 applications by late October or early November. 
Did you know that you can upload documents to your application even after it's been turned in? If you have additional documents you would like to provide the advisory board and staff, please follow these steps.
  1. Log in to
  2. Click on the "Submitted" tab.
  3. Click on you application.
  4. Click on the "Documents" tab. 
  5. Upload your document!
Remember, ZAP is no longer accepting physical invitations meant for board members in our office. If you would like to send physical invitations, please send them to the addresses listed on our website. (Tier ITier II)

If you would like to send electronic invitations, please fill out the inviation form located on our website. (Tier I (scroll to bottom)Tier II (scroll to bottom))
We all love #ZAPTicketTuesday!

Thank you to the following ZAP-funded organizations for donating tickets for our giveaways this past month: Several organizations have donated tickets for the coming summer and fall. Thank you! We look forward to highlighting your organizations in the coming weeks!

If you're interested in donating, we are currently seeking donations for the following giveaway dates:
  • October 25
  • November 1
  • November 29
  • December 6
  • December 13
  • December 20
  • December 27
Please keep in mind that the giveaways usually take place 3 to 4 weeks before your event. This gives us time to create the entry form and mail the tickets to the winner(s). Prior to sending any tickets, please contact Megan Attermann to learn more.

(Note: our giveaways are hosted on Tuesdays, but your event may occur any day.)
Professional Development
Special Advocacy Forum: Advocacy on the Municipal Level

Wednesday, July 13
12 to 1 PM
Arts Hub
663 W 100 S
Salt Lake City, UT

Learn the ins and outs of advocacy on the municipal level, both for cities and counties. Learn the structure and types of Utah's various municipalities.

RSVP to the Utah Cultural Alliance. (Free for UCA members.) 
Salt Lake Emerging Arts Professionals is partnering with PechaKucha Night - Salt Lake City

Friday, August 26

638 S State Street
Salt Lake City

They are looking for emerging arts professionals in Salt Lake who want to present their own Pecha Kucha that night.Apply before Friday, July 15. If you have any questions, you can email [email protected]
Museums Watch & Talk, Brown Bag Series: Mounting Garments

Monday, August 8
11 AM to 2 PM
Rio Grande Building
300 S Rio Grande Street
Salt Lake City, UT

Join us for a BYOL (bring your own lunch!) event to learn and discuss how to mount garments from your collection for display. Enjoy a hosted Connecting2Collections webinar followed by a faciliated conversation and show and tell.

RSVP to the Utah Division of Arts & Museums.(Event is free.)
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