Our very own Vicki Bourns was recently named a
Utah Cultural Alliance "Pillar of the Community." Other recipients of this award were
Senator Jim Dabakis and
Repertory Dance Theatre. Congratulations, all!
We thought this would be a good time for you to get to know Vicki.
How did Vicki get started?
Victoria’s varied experience in the arts began when she was young. She recounts, “It all started with my Aunt taking my sibs and me to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s children concerts when I was in grade school. I loved those concerts. As we got older, she would play operas for us and we had
competitions to see who could identify the composer first. To this day if someone says, “Hansel and Gretel,” I’m likely to yell – Engelbert Humperdinck! In high school, I continued exploring music theory, art history, dance and applied visual
arts.” After receiving her BFA in Dance from the University of Utah, she earned an MFA in Arts Administration.
What about her career?
Vicki has been involved in art activities and organizations for over 30 years. As a founding member of
Dance Theater Coalition, she produced, directed, choreographed and performed in numerous original dance and theatre works. She even studied electronic music composition from Vladimir Ussachevsky, a pioneer of this unique art form.
Vicki has an excellent reputation for skillful administration and management and has worked for some of Utah's premier cultural organizations:
Repertory Dance Theater,
KUER (FM90)and the
Salt Lake Acting Company. She was treasurer for the Performing Arts Coalition during the planning and implementation of the
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. She helped transform the Utah Citizens for the Arts into the
Utah Cultural Alliance and is very proud of its accomplishments.
In 1993, she established her own company, Panella Consulting, to assist cultural organizations and other non-profits with strategic planning, board development and executive searches.
She currently directs the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks program, which distributes approximately $14 million dollars annually to over 160 arts and cultural organizations.
(From left: Repertory Dance Theatre (represented by Linda Smith), Vicki Bourns and Senator James Dabakis)
And awards? Well, she has those, too!
Vicki was listed in
Catalyst Magazine's “Agents of Change: Catalysts in our Community" and received the 2000
Utah Arts Festival Mayor's Award for Service to the Arts.
With persistence, skill and humor, Vicki is able to effectively guide organizations and people toward their vision for the future. Congratulations, Vicki!