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Zoot to Scoot

 The Muckenthaler Cultural Center's CEO Zoot Velasco will be ending his tenure June 26, 2016 and departing for Bakersfield to lead the Kern County Museum Complex, a museum of 51 historic buildings, a children’s museum on more than 16 acres. 

"It is with mixed emotions that I leave the Muckenthaler after nine years with such a fantastic and supportive community. I have really enjoyed leading this center to unprecedented successes," said Zoot Velasco. "I am looking forward to new landscapes and challenges, but I can honestly say that the last nine years at the Muck has been the best of my life. Thank you for all you have given me and my family."

During Velasco's term, the Muck went from a small neighborhood center losing money to a regional nonprofit with well over a $1-million budget, more than 40,000 patrons, and outreach programs in 11 cities. With Velasco's help, the Center has created innovative programs like our STEAM programs, our Teen Arts Center, our community quinceañera, and more. The Muck has had record numbers and budget every year of Velasco's tenure and won local, county, and statewide awards. 

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