ZACC’s new director brings arts, tech sales background to the nonprofit

Cory Walsh

Caitlin Stainken, the new executive director of the Zootown Arts Community Center, has worked on the following things in her life: painting, experimental theater, indie films, a creative writing degree, and then a team leadership role at the Missoula-born tech company Submittable.

Stainken sees the nonprofit as a place where people who are curious about art can have an opportunity to try. 

“They try it for the first time and then they go on to do amazing things,” she said.

Caitlin Stainken is the new director of Missoula’s Zootown Arts Community Center. In this video, Stainken makes some remarks about her experience working with the arts community and her goals as the new director.

She also hopes to further the community center concept by working with other organizations as well as artists of various career stages.

“We’re trying to be the center of connection and stability so that artists, art lovers, and other nonprofits can all thrive in their specific work,” she said.

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