KIA LISZAK | Executive Director
A fifth generation Montanan, Kia Liszak has served as the Executive Director of the Zootown Arts Community Center (ZACC) for almost nine years. Kia dedicated much of her career prior to the ZACC working with youth in Missoula to help foster their creativity and emotional growth in various positions. Kia spearheaded and led the visionary process and multimillion dollar campaign efforts to bring the ZACC downtown and triple their size and ability to build community through accessible arts experiences for all. Kia was recognized by the Missoulian in June, 2013, as one of Western Montana's top 20 business leaders under 40 years old to have made a positive impact through exceptional entrepreneurship, leadership, creative vision, innovation and dedication to the community, and recognized by the Missoula Downtown Association in 2019 as the Downtowner of the Year. Kia has served as a volunteer on many committees including The Missoula Public Art Committee and on Missoula's Community Arts Team to implement the Kennedy Center’s support of the SPARK arts program. She was able to travel to Thailand and Laos to enrich her work through the YSEALI professional fellows program in 2017. She is extremely passionate about empowering people of all ages through the arts and creative community building. Kia is a musician and an artist, has played in projects around Missoula for 20 years, and has had various art exhibitions. In her spare time she plays music, reads, writes, listens to the river, makes art, dances by herself, and listens to her son, Silas, tell incredible stories.
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