Author Archives: Nicole Saint

Levitt_loves_memorable_momentsThink back to a formative memory. Do you envision a full event from start to finish, or a few meaningful moments? Chances are, there are particular moments that stick with you over time, as explained in the newly-released book The Power of Moments, by Stanford Business School professor Chip Heath and his brother, Dan Heath, senior fellow at Duke University’s CASE Center. Last month, a couple of us had the opportunity to hear Dan deliver a stirring keynote at the annual Communications Network Conference in Miami—where among other things, he discussed what makes a moment memorable. Continue reading

Header-NADOLevitt Foundation Executive Director Sharon Yazowski is currently more than 3,000 miles north of our Los Angeles office, in Anchorage, Alaska—where this morning she delivered a plenary presentation at the annual National Association of Development Organizations Annual Training Conference. Using case studies from across the placemaking sector, including a selection from our own research, her session gave regional planning and economic development professionals from across the country a glimpse into the ways place-based initiatives, especially those involving the arts, can build social capital, strengthening communities in the process.

Screenshot 2017-06-16 14.24.54Inspired by this morning’s presentation, today we’re releasing the third installment of our “Research Recap” blog series, featuring posts that highlight a particular finding from our recently published impact study, and taking a closer look at “social capital.” The term refers to the value that is derived from existing within and being connected to social networks. While the term itself has been around for more than a century—and the practice, even longer—it’s becoming more prevalent in today’s lexicon, as more and more towns and cities recognize the importance of building a stronger and more cohesive community. Continue reading

Spotlight_Series_gaby_morenoGuatemala-born indie songstress Gaby Moreno will be bringing her warm, award-winning “Spanglish” vocals and guitar licks to Levitt Pavilion Denver this Thursday night. Her fusion of jazz, pop, R&B, Latin folk (and a whole lot of heart!) has delighted audiences across the globe, including those who attended her 2011 Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles performance. Her work has earned the respect of her peers, as well as a range of accolades—including a Latin GRAMMY Award, Emmy Award nomination and GRAMMY Award nomination. 

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Screenshot 2017-06-16 14.24.54Welcome to the second installment of our “Research Recap” blog series, featuring posts that highlight a particular finding from our recently published impact study, which examines how creative placemaking builds social capital in communities, using permanent outdoor Levitt venues as case studies.

In honor of National Family Fun Month (which you can read more about in last week’s blog post), today we’re turning our attention to the inter-generational appeal of Levitt concerts. A quick glance around any Levitt concert reveals a wide range of ages on the lawn—from infants to seniors and everyone in between. As the figure below suggests, parents across the country are enthusiastic about the family-friendly atmosphere at Levitt concerts—created in part by the green, expansive and welcoming open lawn settings that are a hallmark of both permanent Levitt venues and Levitt AMP sites.  As one survey participant explained, “My kids have the freedom to move around.” Continue reading

Sounds of Summer playlistSummer is well underway and there’s so much to love about this time of the year—the kids are out of school, the smell of bbq fills the air and free Levitt concerts are in full swing! As we return to the work week after the long festive weekend, we thought we’d keep the fun going strong with this mid-week “Sounds of Summer” playlist, featuring some of our favorite summer tunes. Enjoy! Continue reading

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Singer-songwriter Daphne Willis’ sincere and eclectic blend of soul, rock, electronic and pop has delighted music lovers across the nation—including the legendary John Oates, of Hall and Oates. This evening, this rising star will take the Levitt AMP Denison stage and treat audiences to the honest and infectious melodies that inspired Oates to approach her about co-writing a song together.

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Yesterday, more than 750 cities (and 120 countries!) filled the air with free, live music, in celebration of Make Music Day. This one-of-a-kind free annual festival is open to all people—regardless of their age, background or musical ability. As passionate supporters of free outdoor concerts across the country, many of which are happening now, we’re sharing a few of our favorite pics from yesterday’s global music-making event.

The festival can be traced back to 1982, when it was launched in France as the Fête de la Musique. Fun fact: In French, “Fête de la Musique” means both “festival of music” and “make music.” To date, almost 8 percent of France’s population (approximately 5 million people) have reportedly played an instrument or sang in public as part of Fête de la Musique.

Now an international phenomenon, amateur and professional musicians across the globe spend the first day of the annual summer solstice making free, live music with and for their communities.

Didn’t get a chance to celebrate yesterday? You’re in luck—making music is free and joyous activity we can enjoy all year ‘round!

  • West African Percussion group Umoja celebrating MakeMusicDay in Rochester, NY. Image courtesy of @makemusicroc.

Welcome to the first installment in a series of blog posts that delve into our recently published impact study, examining how creative placemaking builds social capital in communities, using permanent outdoor Levitt venues as case studies. This multi-year study and resulting white paper was led by Slover Linett Audience Research, and this afternoon President Sarah Lee is presenting the study’s key findings at the Americans for the Arts’ 2017 Annual Convention in San Francisco!

With next Tuesday marking the official first day of summer—a season when many people spend more time outside than other times of year—today we‘re focusing on the study’s findings in relation to being outside and in an open lawn setting. Based on hundreds of audience surveys and interviews in Memphis and Pasadena, each home to a permanent Levitt venue, a majority of people find being outdoors and in an open lawn setting “extremely satisfying” (see graph below). Continue reading

The 2017 Levitt concert season is finally upon us!

Concert season is by far our favorite time of the year here at Levitt. What better way to welcome in the summer season than by enjoying an evening of free, live music under the stars?

The sound of free Levitt concerts is already filling the air in nine communities across the country: Arlington, Texas; Bethlehem, Pa.; Denison, Texas, where veteran Levitt performer Brave Combo (the GRAMMY-winning mosh-pit polka band pictured above) delighted Levitt AMP Denison audiences last weekend; Greensboro, N.C.; Jacksonville, Ill.; Memphis, Tenn.Ocala, Fla.; Santa Fe, NM; and Stevens Point, Wis.

Get ready for the 2017 concert season at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles, which begins next Saturday, and stay tuned for more lineup announcements!