IAPD Press Release
Arts Alliance Illinois congratulates the following winners of the Helen Doria Arts in the Park Award:
Chicago Park District, City of Chicago and The Trust for Public Land for The 606
Community Park District of LaGrange Park
Washington Park District
They continue to be impressed with the wonderful things our park districts are doing to promote and support the arts. I would like to thank all of our applicants this year!
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. From her early work as a cultural programmer developing cultural festivals for the Chicago Park District, to her appointment by Mayor Richard M. Daley as Millennium Park's first executive director, Helen envisioned parks as democratic spaces that can provide access to arts and culture for everyone. She was a judge for this award since its inception in 2009 until her passing in 2012, and her leadership was instrumental in its development.
This award recognizes agencies (park districts, forest preserves, conservation, recreation, and special recreation agencies) that support the arts and partner with artists and arts organizations to enhance the quality of life in their communities. Applicants are encouraged to discuss the full scope of arts activities they support, however, outstanding individual programs or events will also be considered. Application narrative should address the following:
Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria: