Monthly Archives: November 2016

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Happy #GivingTuesday! We’ve feasted, we’ve shopped, and now…we give!

From organizations that protect our environment and those that fight hunger to organizations that give scholarships and those that provide accessible arts programming (like free Levitt concerts!), there are countless reasons to be thankful for our nation’s extensive network of nonprofits that do incredible work. Continue reading

Levitt lawns foster connection.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of Levitteers of all ages come together on Levitt lawns to celebrate their shared passions for community, music and (of course) polka-dotted balloons!

During this season of gratitude, here’s to the “balloon buddies” in your life and the countless times you’ve enjoyed free, live music together on Levitt lawns.

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On this Veterans Day, we honor the men and women who protect the freedoms we enjoy everyday and extend our deepest gratitude to those who have served our country. Because of your bravery, we can exercise our freedom of expression— through speech, through art, and through music.


From last spring until this fall, we loved the #musicmoves you shared with us from Levitt lawns across the country! Levitteers filled our #musicmoves live feed with photos and videos capturing the excitement at hundreds of free Levitt shows throughout the 2016 concert season. Watch our #musicmoves highlights video, and below, check out this year’s #musicmoves contest winners who won iTunes gift cards for showing us their moves! Continue reading

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“The times they are a-changin’” for the Swedish Academy, which recently announced American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan as the recipient of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature. Their nonconventional selection marks the first time the highest honor in the literary world has been awarded to a popular musician. In their announcement, the Nobel committee cited Dylan’s “new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition” as being worthy of the achievement, which has traditionally been given to renowned authors including Ernest Hemingway, Gabriel Garcia Márquez and Jean-Paul Sartre. Beyond the recognition of Dylan’s literary achievement, this year’s award also shows the Nobel Prize’s commitment to redefining the boundaries of literature. Continue reading

Using Levitt music venues as case studies, research examines value of different impact measurement approaches and offers insights into arts-based strategies to promote social connectivity

As interest in measuring and understanding the impact of arts investments in community development continues to grow, a new study released in November, Setting the Stage for Community Change: Reflecting on Creative Placemaking Outcomes, offers insights for the field of “creative placemaking” and is a working illustration of what can and can’t be learned from different impact measurement approaches.  Continue reading