“Kaleidoscope of Dreams” by Canvas by Canvas (2015), created as part of the Star of Texas citywide art exhibition in Arlington, Texas; Levitt Pavilion Arlington/Founders Plaza (Image courtesy of the City of Arlington, TX)
This spring, 20 six-foot fiberglass stars will be brightening up Arlington, Texas, home to Levitt Pavilion Arlington, as part of the Star of Texas public art project. The stars—designed by local artist Chris Cunningham—each feature a different Texan artist’s depiction of the city’s new moniker, “the American Dream City.” Continue reading →
Funded by Denver’s One Percent for Art Ordinance, the Levitt Denver project follows in the city’s long-standing tradition of celebrating public art. Since establishing its Public Art Program in the 1980s, the Mile High City has installed over 150 works including the Colorado Convention Center’s I See What You Mean (Lawrence Argent) and the Denver Performing Arts Complex’s Dancers (Jonathan Borofsky).
Also known as the Big Blue Bear, Lawrence Argent's iconic 40-foot high I See What You Mean sculpture peeks into the Colorado Convention Center's lobby.
Located in the Denver Performing Arts Complex's sculpture park, the 25-ton steel and fiberglass Dancers stands at over 60-feet tall and also plays music composed by the artist, Jonathan Borofsky.
Luis Jimenez's Mustang, a 32-foot tall fiberglass statue, took over 15 years to complete before it was installed at the Denver International Airport in 2008.
Originally commissioned for an elementary school in Manhattan, Donald Lipski's Yearling spent a year in Central Park before moving to Denver Public LIbrary in 1998.
A 10,000 square foot mural by Emanuel Martinez, Confluent People captures the confluence of people who helped build Denver into what it is today.
Upon completion, the Levitt Denver piece will feature a design that speaks to community-based connections, music, the sky and other celestial themes. The selection panel is open to artwork in all media and materials, including light and sound, with the exception of 2-D artworks and murals.
It’s that time of year again. There’s a slight chill in the air and in just over a week we’ll be setting our clocks back an hour. Now is the time to soak up that extra hour of early evening sunlight! And what better way to take advantage of these final long autumn evenings than with a free public art walking tour?
You can enjoy the outdoors while discovering something new about your town (while experiencing some great art in the process). And the best part—these tours are 100% free of charge!
Levitteers, there are tons of exciting public art walking tours right at your finger tips waiting to be enjoyed. Just take a look at these fun public art tours taking place in cities where signature Levitt venues are located! Continue reading →
Every stroke of the brush, stitch of the needle, or moment of the memoir uniquely marks our society and contributes to our national character. This month, we recognize the ways the arts and humanities have forever changed our country, and we recommit to ensuring every American has the opportunity and the freedom to question, discover, and create. — Presidential Proclamation, National Arts and Humanities Month, 2015
Using virtual reality headsets, “concertgoers” will experience the opening minutes of Beethoven’s famous symphony as if seated in the Walt Disney Concert Hall—without ever leaving the VAN Beethoven truck. Continue reading →
Photo by Robert Vizzini, Courtesy of The Municipal Arts Society of New York
Today is 9/11, a day which 14 years ago claimed thousands of lives and two iconic towers in New York that will forever be etched in the minds of people across the globe. Six months following the attacks—on March 11, 2002—a public artwork emerged that has served as an international symbol of hope and remembrance ever since: “Tribute in Light.”
We were thrilled to see local artist Eric Clausen’s community mural recently come to life at Levitt Shell Memphis—a project that literally weathered the storm. This mural contributes to the rich public art legacy of the almost 80-year old band shell, which was created through a collaboration between the City of Memphis and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1936. Continue reading →
Mimi Levitt and Liz Levitt Hirsch at the reopening of Levitt Westport, 2014
In many parts of the country, the name “Levitt” has become synonymous with “free outdoor concerts,” “revitalized spaces” and “citywide destinations” open to all. And for good reason—in 2015, more than 400 Levitt concerts will be presented in 16 cities, bringing the joy of free, live music to hundreds of thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds across America, ensuring access to the arts and strengthening communities in the process. America’s largest free outdoor concert series is made possible, in part, by the generous philanthropy and forward-thinking vision of the Levitt family—the late Mortimer Levitt (1907-2005), whose humble beginnings inspired his lifelong love affair with free music under the stars, his wife Annemarie “Mimi” Levitt, and daughter Liz Levitt Hirsch. Since Mortimer’s passing in 2005, Mimi and Liz have taken the reins of their private family foundation, the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, and have led it with aplomb, honoring Mortimer’s legacy while directing more than $18 million in grants to support the core Levitt program of outdoor music venues presenting free concert series, along with other meaningful projects that invigorate communities through the arts. Continue reading →