John is active in the mid-coast Maine arts and media community. John is on the Camden Conference Marketing Committee and was a long-time facilitator for the Maine Humanities Council Literature at the Heart of Healthcare program.
As Director of the Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities, Zavodny manages partnerships with relevant Maine institutions like the Camden International Film Festival, The Center for Maine Contemporary Arts, Waterfall Arts, the Belfast Free Range Music Festival, and WERU Community Radio. John is the Administrative Manger of the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts and Leonard R. Craig Gallery.
As a media-maker himself, John takes on projects that promote community through the use of media. Zavodny makes short films and videos designed to inform and edify and produces Mid-Coast Currents, a public affairs program on WERU Community Radio. John produces soundtrack music for videos and "alternative funtry" music in support of local agriculture with the band Dog Wants Out. Dog Wants Out's music was featured in the 2011 production of "Farms and Fables."
As a Professor at Unity College, John currently teaches Documentary Film, Digital Media Production, Environmental Issues and Insights, The Unity Experience, and Humanities Topics courses.