Happy spring! As we find ourselves in the thick of festival season, we wanted to share some exciting updates about ZAPP®.

Opening Speaker Selected for Portland Conference

We’re excited to announce that Russell Willis Taylor, President and CEO of National Arts Strategies, will provide the opening address for the sixth annual Arts Festival Conference presented by ZAPP®. Taylor has vast experience in the nonprofit and arts sectors, with a particular interest in the role of arts in civil society.

Don’t miss your chance to see Taylor, an internationally renowned arts leader, in action! Register today at The conference takes place Aug. 28 – 29, 2014, in Portland, Oregon, and features professional development designed specifically for the art fair and festival field.

TIP: The early-bird rate expires on June 1, 2014.

Meet the New ZAPP® Team

Many of you know that former ZAPP® Manager Leah Charney left her position at the end of February to explore exciting new opportunities at a local public relations firm in Denver. We have since recruited several talented and highly effective professionals to join the ZAPP® team!

Please welcome our team:

Learn more about the new individuals who will be helping address all of your ZAPP® needs. We look forward to working with you all!

Note from the Department of Homeland Security About Internet Explorer

You may have recently received a widely distributed alert from the Department of Homeland Security. The alert advised computer users to stop using the Internet Explorer (IE) web browser. The Department stated that the browser is susceptible to a hack that could result in a security breach. Please note this is an IE issue and not an issue with ZAPP®. Your data remains secure on

We have long recommended that ZAPP® users utilize the Firefox, Chrome, or Safari browsers. Although ZAPP® can be accessed with an IE browser, the manner in which Microsoft rolls out patches and changes to it — often without advance notice — makes the browser less optimal for use on our systems. This challenge is not just a ZAPP® issue; it is industry wide.

If you would like to know more about the Homeland Security alert, please visit the Department of Homeland Security website.

Apply to the Free Public Portfolio Critique

Submit your free application today for this mock jury, a session at the 2014 Arts Festival Conference, and take advantage of the this opportunity to see how your images appear in the projected jury format. This session will feature a panel discussing your body of work in terms of composition, technical presentation, and/or image quality.

That’s all for now. Until next time!


The ZAPP® Team