Stories and Successes - ZAP Updates - April 2017

Tier I & Zoological applications are open and due by May 12 at 3 PM. Major announcements from ZAP. Plus, check out the stories and successes of ZAP-funded orgs.
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Tier I + Zoo Updates
  • The Tier I & Zoological 2018 application is now open. Begin an application in ZoomGrants today.
  • Applications are due Friday, May 12 at 3 PM
  • RSVP for the Tier I & Zoological workshop on April 14 at 9 AM
  • Your 2017 contracts are available to sign. Learn how.
  • You may be receiving notices from the County asking you to sign up for a card payment system. We do not recommend you sign up for this card and, instead, sign up for EFT whenever possible. 
Tier II  Updates
  • 2017 Applications are in. It was another record-breaking year. We received 175 applications with over $3.2 million in requests. 
  • Applications will be reviewed by the Tier II Advisory Board throughout the summer. You will be notified by early autumn of their recommendation.  
  • You may be receiving notices from the County asking you to sign up for a card payment system. We do not recommend you sign up for this card and, instead, sign up for EFT whenever possible. 
Tier II  Updates

Farewell, Vicki!

You have probably heard by now that Vicki Bourns, ZAP Program Director, will be the new Director of the Utah Division of Arts & Museums. Vicki's last day will be April 21, but she will be instrumental in the transition to a new director. The position has been posted online, and we expect to have the job filled reasonably soon.  

A message to you from Vicki:
"Twelve years went by very quickly. I am grateful for the opportunity I've had to work with ZAP applicants and recipients. I am looking forward to this new opportunity, and I am so glad I get to bring all of you with me as my constituents of the Utah Division of Arts and Museums."

We will miss you, Vicki! But we are over-the-moon about your new adventure.

Check out Vicki's profile in 15 Bytes.


Hot New Marketing Ideas

Culture Bytes (Community Conversation)
Utah Cultural Alliance + ZAP
When: April 12, 2017 at 12 PM
Where: SLC Arts Hub (663 W 100 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101)

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 at the Utah Arts Alliance’s Art Hub in Salt Lake City (663 W 100 S). Lunch is served. This community driven conversation will discuss hot new marketing ideas that you can implement in your organization.

Community conversations is a new style of Culture Bytes! This type of Culture Bytes will allow community members to join in and contribute to the conversation.

ZAP partners with Utah Cultural Alliance to make Culture Bytes happen. 

RSVP for Free as a ZAP Partner

Museum Watch and Talk Brown Bag Series:
There's a Form for That! Documenting Collections

Utah Division of Arts & Museums

When: Tuesday, April 25  at 11 AM
Where: 300 S Rio Grande St, Zephyr Room, 2nd Floor, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Cost: Free

Join UDAM for a BYOL (bring your own lunch!) event to learn and discuss the many forms and documents involved in thorough and complete museum collections management. Enjoy a recently recorded webinar from the Connecting to Collections Care online community, and facilitated conversation by Emily Johnson, the Collections Curator and Registrar of the Utah Division of Arts and Museums. Attendees will practice working with loans, accession and cataloging records, transfer of property, and deeds of gift. Come familiarize yourself with these documents, and be prepared to discuss with and ask questions of your community of museum peers!

RSVP for Free

CTRL+ALT CREATE: Web Marketing and Design for Artists with Thoughtlab

Salt Lake Emerging Arts Professionals + Salt Lake Community College School of Arts, Communication & Media

When: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | 6:30 PM - 8 PM
Where: Salt Lake Community College South City Campus, 
Cost: Free

Join Salt Lake Emerging Arts Professionals and Salt Lake Community College to learn all about getting your art online. We’ve invited the renowned (and local!) web design company, ThoughtLab, to give you their tips and tricks for creating excellent web design. We encourage emerging artists, web designers and marketers to attend. Stick around for a chance to network and meet the needs of your fellow emerging leaders. You may even find a designer or a gig!

Thoughtlab was established in 1999 in Salt Lake City by a fresh graduate of The University of Utah. They are still headquartered in Salt Lake but have grown to include offices in San Francisco and New York. They work with a wide variety of clients ranging from startups to fortune 500 companies. They have 25 employees from 6 different nations.
Learn More + RSVP

Call for Speakers


When: Submissions accepted until April 30
The event will take place on September 9, 2017.

TED talks are all about the ideas behind them, as such we encourage anyone and everyone to apply. We especially encourage applications from minorities or under represented communities. Unlike most TEDx events, our speakers are predominantly selected through open curation. We spend a lot of time helping you develop your idea and talk, from conception through the day of the event, so no public speaking experience is required! Part of our unique speaker development process is to support our speakers as they develop their talks. 

Our primary selection criteria is based on your idea. Is it novel? Is it actionable? Is there passion to be found in spreading your idea? Will it change people's perceptions?

Spread your ideas. We'd love to see some of you on the stage.

Learn More + Apply

Request for Proposals OPEN

Utah Nonprofits Association

Deadline: May 3, 2017

UNA requests breakout session presentation proposals for the 2017 Conference that are relevant, practical, original, and thought-provoking. The conference will focus on equipping nonprofits with innovative tools to navigate the changing economic, social, cultural and political landscape.

We'd love to see some of you teaching best practices.

Mountain West Arts Conference

Utah Division of Arts & Museums

When: Thursday, May 4, 2017
Where: Utah Cultural Celebration Center
Cost: Please see website

The Mountain West Arts Conference is designed to help individuals and organizations in the arts community access essential resources and create community connections throughout Utah and the Mountain West. It is also part of a long-term effort to sustain the creative industry by providing opportunities, education, tools, information and resources that serve all contributors to the arts.

ZAP will be in attendance. We hope to see you there.  

Learn More + Register

Nonprofit Crowdfunding Training

The Community Foundation of Utah

When: Friday, May 5
Where: Salt Lake Community College, Miller Campus (9750 South 300 West)
Cost: Please see website

This full-day crowdfunding workshop will be a hands-on opportunity to plan your next crowdfunding campaign, to raise more money for doing good!

You will learn:

  • Three different types of crowdfunding
  • How to plan and prepare to raise more money
  • To assess your cause’s potential for funding
  • Step by step plans for your campaign
  • Social media strategy
  • How to raise 30 percent of your goal on the first day
  • How to make a compelling video
  • To write compelling fundraising emails
  • How to have a party that launches the campaign’s success
  • To use investment crowdfunding

This workshop will help you raise money via crowdfunding. Remember, even though crowdfunding is not a complete development plan, no development plan is complete without it.

Learn More + Register
Special congratulations to Noemi Hernandez-Balcazar (ZAP Tier II Advisory Board Member and District Arts Specialist for Granite School District) and Mary Ann Kirk (Murray City Cultural Arts) for receiving the Governor's Award in the Arts. Awards will be presented at the Mountain West Arts Conference. Check our blog over the next month to see their features. 
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:
  • June 28
  • July 12
  • July 19
  • July 26
  • And beyond!
If you're interested in contributing, please contact Megan Attermann to discuss the details and schedule a date.

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