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SALT LAKE CITY — Next year, 22 large arts and cultural nonprofits and three zoos will receive a collective $14.3 million in funding from the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks Program.
Officials said last year's large arts and cultural nonprofits and zoo recipients reinvested $90 million into the economy and held nearly 30,000 events collectively.
"Salt Lake County families enjoy an amazing variety of offerings that include dance, music, theater, the arts, zoos and museums. It’s how we’ve invested in a quality of life that enriches our lives and provides outstanding memories," Mayor Ben McAdams said in a news release announcing the funding.
"I’m grateful for the community’s ongoing support of ZAP and for the enthusiasm of local volunteers that makes this investment possible."
The funding comes from the ZAP tax, 1 cent of every $10 spent in the county, which has been voted on and renewed by county residents since 1996.
According to county officials, recipients are selected through a "rigorous" application process and "must demonstrate how they serve the Salt Lake County community through artistic offerings, sound management, and valuable resident and visitor experience."
An advisory board selects the funding recipients.
Next year's recipients and funding amounts:
Arts and cultural nonprofits
Art Access, $58,677
Ballet West, $1,180,150
Discovery Gateway, $230,360
Hale Centre Theatre, $950,679
Natural History Museum of Utah $1,128,783
Pioneer Theatre Company, $557,526
Preservation Utah (formerly Utah Heritage Foundation), $77,742
Red Butte Garden, $1,036,620
Repertory Dance Theatre, $90,880
Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, $103,030
Salt Lake Acting Company, $172,375
Salt Lake Arts Council, $345,342
Salt Lake Film Society, $301,977
Spy Hop, $155,483
Tanner Dance, $172,671
Utah Arts Festival, $205,269
Utah Film Center, $173,758
Utah Humanities, $105,697
Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, $96,609
Utah Museum of Fine Art, $417,552
Utah Symphony and Opera, $2,145,251
Utah’s Hogle Zoo, $2,230,281
Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, $992,212
Tracy Aviary, $289,761