The IPRA Robert Artz Lifetime Achievement Award was established to honor Robert Artz’s legacy of service to the park and recreation profession.  The recipient’s efforts will have had lasting impact and created awareness of the importance of parks and recreation among peers and in the community they serve. Current IPRA Board of Directors are not eligible to receive the Robert Artz Award. Nominations will be accepted August 1 - November 11, 2022.

Robert Artz Lifetime Achievement Award Criteria:

  1. Current IPRA Professional / Professional Non-Metro Member.

  2. Served a minimum of twenty-five (25) years as a full-time professional in the field of parks and recreation, of which at least fifteen (15) have been in Illinois.

  3. Served IPRA as an officer for the Board of Directors, Membership Council, section board, or committee.

  4. Certified Professional (CPRE, CPRP, CTRS, CPA, SHRM or equivalent in area of expertise requiring CEUs).

  5. Has made a significant achievement for their agency or through involvement within their community.

  6. Candidates that have retired on or before the date of the Awards Luncheon (Friday, January 27, 2023) are not eligible to receive this award.

  7. Current IPRA Board of Directors’ are not eligible to receive IPRA professional recognition awards.

Selection Process & Timeline:

  1. Upon completion of the application, email confirmation sent to IPRA and nominator.

  2. After November 11th deadline, IPRA sends nominations to the Awards & Recognition Committee for review.

  3. Winners will be communicated back to IPRA first week of December.

  4. IPRA will contact winner's nominator and agency with results the second week of December.

  5. Request for additional information (from winner's agency) for presentation at the Awards Luncheon at the Soaring to New Heights Conference.