REGISTRATION SITE OFFLINE 2/14-2/15: For details, check our Bulletin Board post, below


REGISTRATION SITE OFFLINE 2/14-2/15: For details, check our Bulletin Board post, below


STAFF HIGHLIGHT: Welcome Laura Grunschel


Please welcome our new recreation supervisor, Laura Grunschel, to the team! Laura recently joined the Wilmette Park District to apply her experience and vision to our Center for the Arts.

Q: Welcome, Laura! We’re excited you’ve joined the Wilmette Park District. What drew you here?

A: Thank you, I’m thrilled to be here! The North Shore is legendary for its arts scene, and the Wilmette Park District’s Center for the Arts certainly lives up to that reputation! I was blown away by the breadth and quantity of arts classes and events offered here, and I am so excited to be a part of this incredible creative culture!

Q: What plans do you have for your new role at the Park District?

A: The Center for the Arts is already such an incredible program area; it’s an honor to be able to let our amazing instructors continue to do what they do best! That being said, I’m excited to work with our staff to expand our visual art offerings, group music classes, special events, and master classes. Without saying too much, I hope the community keeps an eye out for new opportunities that will merge the “natural resource” and “creative programming” sides of the Park District’s mission. Stay tuned!

Q: Can you tell us a little about your background in the arts?

A: Of course! Before joining the Park District, I served as Auditorium Supervisor of Addison Trail High School for 14 years, President of Addison Community Theatre for five years, and Community Theatre liaison Board Member of the Addison Center for the Arts for one year. In these roles, I’ve gained experience in facility management, program and special event development, organization administration, production technical direction, staff management, graphic and web design, and so much more! In addition to my theatre background, I’ve also personally practiced art, music, and dance since I was very young and have worked with musicians, dancers and visual artists both at Addison Trail and in visiting artist capacities.

In previous careers, I was a computer/network technician and administrative assistant for our local k-12 public schools. I have a total of 24 years experience in education. I’m also proud to be a certified Mental Health First Aid trainer with experience teaching how to render emergency assistance in mental health crises.

Q: What is your history with the Parks and Recreation field?

A: I am a HUGE supporter of my local park district! My family has been patrons of our park district for as long as I can remember, and I continue to enjoy classes and visit my local fitness center frequently. My favorite classes have included yoga, pilates, and Piyo; I practically live in the pool in the summer. I look forward to experiencing some of our Wilmette Park District offerings firsthand!

Q: Finally, what are your hobbies or interests outside of work?

A: I’m a bit of a Jill of all trades regarding recreation! My favorite outdoor activities include horseback riding, yoga, and aerial yoga at Morton Arboretum, as well as swimming, kayaking, hiking, and biking. When I’m feeling more indoorsy, I love knitting and crochet, reading and working with my favorite art mediums; I also love to unwind at the gym.

We’re so pleased to have Laura at the Park District. Say hello when you see her out and about!

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