For her work in the arts over decades, with a special commendation for co-founding Moab ArTTrails, KZMU Program Director Christy Williams was honored as one of three Pillars of the Community by the Utah Cultural Alliance at a special ceremony at Zions Bank in Salt Lake City on June 22.
Other honorees included Michael Ballam, founder of Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre and Cynthia Buckingham, Executive Director of Utah Humanities.
“What a deep honor, and such an incredible feeling to receive and share appreciation for lives devoted to community, to beauty, to the Arts and Humanities,” Christy said. “You don’t expect recognition when working to build cultural infrastructure in a rural community. So it’s humbling and encouraging, and so exciting to be associated with the many remarkably accomplished people involved in the Utah Cultural Alliance.”
The Utah Cultural Alliance is dedicated to advancing grassroots involvement in public policy; fostering a sense of community through cultural events; nurturing collaboration between cultural organizations, government, private business, and individuals; developing a dynamic cultural environment by drawing from the richness of the past, the vitality of the present, and the promise of the future; and supporting both cultural creativity and preservation.
Christy is seen here with former Moab local Kirsten Darrington, assistant director of Utah’s Division of Arts and Museums.