Visit Hot Springs
Mary Zunick is the Cultural Affairs Manager for Visit Hot Springs. Her job responsibilities include working with the Hot Springs arts community and the wide array of arts activities, businesses and organizations in Hot Springs. She also serves as the Executive Director of the Hot Springs Sister City program.
In 2013, Mary was instrumental in reorganizing an arts group into the Hot Springs Area Cultural Alliance, which promotes, advocates and celebrates the arts and culture of Hot Springs. She works with HSACA as well as numerous other arts organizations to promote Hot Springs as a thriving community for creative economies and a destination for cultural tourism.
Through her work with the Hot Springs National Park Sister City Foundation and the community, the sister city message of tolerance and promoting peace through people-to-people relationships is shared. The Hot Springs Sister City Program was recently awarded the Best Overall Program for cities with populations 25,000 – 50,000 for the second time by Sister Cities International. Mary has served as the Honorary Consul of Japan for the State of Arkansas, a position appointed by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, since 2018.
Mary is a founding board member of the newly organized Hot Springs Women’s Leadership Alliance and serves at the Vice Chair. She also serves as Vice Chair of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival Board of Directors and the Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, is a member of Hot Springs National Park Rotary Club and Hot Springs Downtown Association. In 2020 she was appointed Governor Hutchinson to the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts Board of Visitors. Governor Hutchinson appointed Mary to the Governor’s Advisory Commission on National Service and Volunteerism in 2022.
Mary is an Arkansas native with a degree in Communication from University of the Ozarks. She is married to Robert Zunick and has two children, Belle, 22, who is a senior at Hendrix College and Robert, 19, a sophomore at Arkansas State University.