Newsletter: Stories and Successes - ZAP Updates - September 2016

Tier II 2016 awards have been finalized. Plus, check out the stories and successes of ZAP-funded orgs and learn what professional development opportunities are coming up.

development opportunities are coming up.
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  1. Tier II 2016 awards have been approved by the Salt Lake County Council. The next phase will be contracting. If you were approved for a 2016 Tier II funding, keep an eye on your email for instructions on how to sign your contract.
  2. Please send your press releases and newsletters to This is the email address we use when we are looking for events to highlight on our Facebook and Twitter pages. 
  3. We got a new shipment of banners! If you need a ZAP banner for your upcoming event, come check one out from our office: Salt Lake County Government Center, 2001 S State Street, Suite N3-200, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4575
Ruby Chacon's Perseverance

Growing a Music Movement: Nerdcore in the C9 Neighborhood
By Amy Caron, Artistic Director, Dance Theatre Coalition

Dance Theatre Coalition (DTC) supports niche artists on the fringe. As DTC’s Artistic Director, I target working with dedicated artists who are creating something unique. I want to find artists who are hard to find. Discovering these individuals requires expertise akin to using a divining rod to pinpoint water underground—it is equal parts looking, listening, and intuition. This is how I discovered Nerdcore music in my own backyard.

DTC prides itself on supporting artists above all else. The Artist is the main demographic we serve and everything that ripples out from their creative work into the community -- via public events and education -- we consider gravy. It’s an atypical frame of reference for an arts organization to prioritize artist over audience, but as an artist-run organization, we know first hand that artists get used as commodities far more than they get nurtured in their artistic pursuits or guided along their incredibly challenging career paths. DTC aims to right the balance on this point by being the one organization that asks artists what they all dream of being asked, which is: “What do you want to achieve next creatively and how can we help?” It is my great honor to pose this question to the artists DTC works with. I get to see them surge with ideas on the spot and we start hashing out action plans together immediately... read more.

OBTs original parody Transformers runs Fridays Saturdays and Mondays August 5 through September 10.

A place to learn Pacific Islander arts and crafts
By Ivoni Nash, Program Director, National Tongan American Society

Approximately 1.5 million Pacific Islanders reside in the United States. Outside of Hawaii, Utah has the highest percentage of Pacific Islander with 35,000 Pacific Islander residents, the majority of whom are Tongan or Samoan. Approximately 70% of those Pacific Islanders live in Salt Lake County.  In 2013, acknowledging the growing Pacific Islander population in Utah, Governor Herbert declared August as Pacific Island Heritage Month.  This was an answer to NTAS’s annual Friendly Islands Festival to bring awareness to the growing Pacific Islander population in Utah, promote Pacific Islander arts and crafts as a means to encourage cultural preservation. It also serves as an avenue for first and second generation PIs to identify ways to integrate their PI traditions into their new American lifestyle. The Pacific Islander Heritage Month provided an avenue to proudly share PI arts and crafts, culture and tradition with the mainstream society. 

The National Tongan American Society recognizes the cross-cultural environment that many of the first and second generation families are forced to live. Very few opportunities are available for the production or appreciation of PI arts and crafts.  NTAS seeks to promote and provide opportunities to the PI community and others who are interested in learning, teaching, and increasing their skills in PI arts and crafts... read more


Check out this nifty campaign from Americans for the Arts

In celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month in October 2016, Americans for the Arts is launching a social media campaign intended to highlight personal stories under the hashtag - #ShowYourArt.
Building on past campaigns using this hashtag, #ShowYourArt, is a strong platform through which Local Arts Agencies and individuals can work together to raise the visibility of the value of the arts in their lives and in their communities.
Do you dance when no one is looking? Do you sit in the park and draw? Have a journal filled with words or doodles? Maybe it is a public art piece or art experience that changed the way your community thinks or feels, the way you look at your work, your world or your life.
We would love to have your story as part of our 31 day campaign and beyond.
How to get involved: 
  1. BY SEPTEMBER 9: Send your NAME, TWITTER HANDLE, INSTAGRAM HANDLE, AFTA MEMBER ID, EMAIL to Ruby (<>) (For example: Ruby Lopez Harper, @MsRubyC, @KoalaMama2008; MEM.ID: 123456,<>)
  2. Send a sentence (20-25 words) about how your show your art. (For example: Choreographing musical theater is one of my most fulfilling ways of making art. I love sharing that experience with my kids.)
  3. Include an image (Ideally 800 px by 800 px) (For example: I've got a great photo of me carrying my infant daughter while leading a rehearsal.)
  4. Give us permission to use your quote and image by including this in your email: "By sending this quote and image, I acknowledge that Americans for the Arts has the right to use the quote, the image or a combination of both for marketing purposes related to National Arts and Humanities Month and other Americans for the Arts promotional purposes."
If you have any questions, contact Ruby Harper via email (<>) or by phone(202.371.2830, x2079)
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 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:
  • 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.)
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:
  • October 26
  • November 9
  • November 16
  • November 23
  • November 30
  • December 7
  • December 14
  • December 21
If you're interested in contributing, please contact Megan Attermann to discuss the details and schedule a date.
Culture Bytes: 
Funders Panel

Wednesday, September 14
12 to 1 PM
Arts Hub
663 W 100 S
Salt Lake City, UT

Culture Bytes is a semi-monthly seminar organized by the Utah Cultural Alliance and Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts, and Parks (ZAP). They are one hour and held Wednesdays at noon. Lunch is served. Our most popular Culture Bytes, this panel will feature several local funders. They’ll discuss what they like to fund and how to make the best pitch to them.

RSVP for free as a ZAP Partner
Utah Nonprofits Association 2016 Conference

September 29

Davis Conference Center
1651 N 700 W

Layton, UT

Learn more
Utah Division of Arts & Museums + Utah Humanities

Grant Writing Basics
December 2

Rio Grande Depot
Zephyr Room
300 S. Rio Grande St.

Salt Lake City, UT 

Join the grants managers from the Utah Division of Arts & Museums and Utah Humanities for a free, hands-on workshop. Learn best practices and tools for getting your message across, common budget errors, evaluation strategies, as well as general organizational readiness. One-on-one consultations with either grant manager are available following the workshop. The workshop is free but registration is required
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