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S14 Episode 03: Drop-In Painting Group Nurtures Creativity

Three members of a drop-in painting group talk about the creative process and how this group nurtures their art.This episode is part of Series 14: Creative Pursuits

Joe Rizzo, one of the members of the Drop-In Painting Group, occasionally demonstrates special techniques he has learned. 

For a list of ParkTalk episodes and series visit https://www.napervilleparks.org/PODCASTS

Quotes from the episode:

“We show up here because it’s a way of discipline, it’s part of the creative process. If you know you’ve got an appointment to do art every Tuesday morning at 9:00, well, you’re likely to do that. So it’s a way of doing more art than you would if you didn’t come here.” – Joe

“I think it gives me a reason to get up in the morning, and I really get a kick out of not only coming to class, but getting an idea about what my next project will be.  It expands my whole world.”  -Rita

“Most of my paintings are inspired by scenes from our travels. As newly retired, I’m starting to pursue going to art fairs; I did my first art fair this summer.” –Cathy  (see Cathy's work on her Facebook page)

Members of the Drop-In Painting Group discuss the watercolor background and how it might be used

Learn more about Naperville Park District Art Programs

Drop-In Painting Group and other senior adult art activities - check the current Senior Program Guide

    Read more about the painting group in this ParkTalk Blog Post

Art Classes for All Ages - check the current Program Guide

A pencil drawing and watercolor by artists in the Drop-In Painting Group

"Colorful Ramirezi and Friends" by Joe Rizzo


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Funds raised through the Naperville Parks Foundation support the Naperville Park District’s Fee Assistance Program. The Naperville Parks Foundation supports the recreation needs and desires of the residents of Naperville – encouraging health and wellness, fitness, family time, and fun. The Foundation supports the mission of making recreation of all kinds accessible to everyone across the community, regardless of socioeconomic circumstances.

On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

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