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local arts agencies get a boost in salt lake county

Posted By Salt Lake County ZAP
October 20, 2015

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The Salt Lake County Council approved funding for the first four arts councils funded through the ZAP Local Arts Agency Advancement Initiative.  The Tier II Advisory Board reviewed 4 applications in February and noted they all deserved funding.  This initiative supports the County’s goals to ...
  1. Enhance Salt Lake County qualify of Life
  2. Facilitate collaborative partnerships
  3. Deliver excellent customer service

Local Arts Agencies hold a special function within the disciplines that the ZAP program funds.  They understand and serve their community through the arts.  They are quite active in their communities, with a clear focus on public programming.  They use the arts (all disciplines) to enhance the quality of life for all who live in as well as visit their community.  Cottonwood Heights Arts Council, Holladay Arts Council, Midvale Arts Council and the South Salt Lake Arts Council will each receive up to $10,000 a year for three years to hire part-time staff. 

Most local arts agencies are all volunteer organizations.  Because public programs and events are labor-intensive, these volunteer-based arts councils are very busy.  The arts councils with staffing resources can provide more and enhanced services to their communities.  While revenues are increasing after a long recession, the ZAP program wants all local arts agencies to have the opportunity to grow and better serve their constituents.  It is very difficult to move from an all-volunteer organization to one with paid staff.  This initiative assists with this transition, providing training for the professional staff members as well as matching start-up funds.  The growth in ZAP revenues will be used to fund LAAA while continuing the Tier II funding process.