The Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) honored the North Berwyn Park District for excellence in its community arts programs at IAPD's annual awards gala in Wheeling on Friday, October 13.
Winning third place in the competition for the Helen Doria Arts in the Park Award, the North Berwyn Park District was recognized for its commitment to providing affordable, high-quality art programs for the community through partnerships with area artists, businesses and organizations.
Program Coordinator Tara Tischer and Executive Director Joseph Vallez accepted the award for the North Berwyn Park District.
According to IAPD's description of the award, the Arts in the Park Award "is named in memory of Helen Doria, who dedicated her career to creating a space for the arts in Chicago's parks." The 2017 nominations for the award were judged by Arts Alliance Illinois.
North Berwyn Park District offers programs for all ages in dance, theater, music, and visual art.
(Pictured L to R): Peter Murphy, President and CEO-IAPD, Joseph Vallez, Executive Director North Berwyn Park District, Tara Tischer, Program Coordinator North Berwyn Park District, Jim Kearns Jr., Vice President North Berwyn Park District Board of Commissioners, Tom Barz, 2017 Chairman of the Board-IAPD.