Today, Friday, April 21, 2017, is bittersweet. My last day working for the ZAP Program. Salt Lake County has been very good to me, and
I am grateful for the opportunity to work with so many talented, dedicated and
passionate arts professionals and volunteers.
I am grateful for this journey.
I am grateful for every ZAP advisory board member – you have
taught me so much.
I am grateful to the ZAP grantees that use their best
efforts to provide thought-provoking, engaging and entertaining activities in architecture,
dance, arts education, theatre, folk arts, natural history, literature, visual
arts, media arts, botanical gardens, music, history, humanities,
interdisciplinary & multidisciplinary arts, and zoology.
I am grateful for the citizens of Salt Lake County for
recognizing and supporting these arts and cultural organizations and
activities. Their support of the 1/10th
of 1% sales tax initiative is concrete evidence that they value arts, culture,
our natural environment, and recreation opportunities for all. And most important they put their money where
their values are!
I am grateful to the Salt Lake County Mayor and Council. Our elected officials have supported ZAP in
many ways. They have personally endorsed
the ZAP Proposition on the ballot, they have approved funding, ordinance and
policies recommendations. They have
recognized and acknowledged ZAP volunteer advisory board members.
I am grateful to the many Salt Lake County employees that
have contributed to our work over the years. You know who you are – you clean
our offices, you help process our contracts, you help us follow all the rules,
you process our invoices, you take our calls and welcome our visitors, you
provide crucial support and leadership, you make us look good!
I am grateful that it will be difficult for me to not say
“we” when thinking and speaking of Zoo, Arts and Parks.
Ciao and love always,
Vicki Bourns is the outgoing Director of the Zoo, Arts & Parks Program. She is the new Director of the Utah Division of Arts & Museums.