Category Archives: Levitt in America

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Along with July being National Picnic Month, this month is also National Park and Recreation Month, which makes sense considering that picnics and parks go hand in hand! We love this infographic created by National Recreation and Park Association that shares some fun facts about community spaces boosting positive attitudes toward cultural diversity, how playing outside enhances vision and that half of exercise in America takes place at parks.

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Happy National Picnic Month!

Temperatures are rising and early summer showers are (hopefully!) on their way out. This time of year, public parks across the country are filled with families and friends enjoying the outdoors, so what better time to pack a picnic? In celebration of National Picnic Month, we’ve created a mouth-watering slideshow of picnicking Levitteers across the nation!

  • Memphis picnickers munching on healthy crackers and dip, and getting ready for a music-filled night at Levitt Shell.

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Today, the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation awarded $375,000 in matching grants to 15 nonprofits serving small to mid-sized towns and cities across America to produce free outdoor concerts, as part of the third annual Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards. Reflecting the Levitt Foundation’s commitment to creative placemaking projects generating community support, once again the Foundation opened the AMP selection process to the public to choose the top 25 finalists. Continue reading

Every year, each Friends of Levitt organization presents a concert season featuring high caliber entertainment of an array of music genres. People of all backgrounds and ages can experience a diverse lineup of artists at permanent Levitt venues, where they can also spend time with friends, family and neighbors while enjoying the free concerts. It’s no wonder that Levitt venues get so much love from their communities. Take a look at some of the recognition the venues received in 2016!

Levitt Shell Arlington
Levitt Pavilion Arlington
Winner, “Best Live Music Venue”
Arlington Today Magazine

 

 


Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles

Extensive press coverage of concert featuring Jimmy Webb, songwriter of the iconic “MacArthur Park”

 

 

Levitt Shell Memphis
Levitt Shell Memphis
Winner, “Best Place to See Live Music”
Memphis Flyer

 

 

Levitt Shell Memphis
Levitt Pavilion Pasadena
Winner, “Best Live Music Venue”
Pasadena Weekly

 

 

Levitt Shell Memphis
Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks
Winner, “Best Free Entertainment”
Lehigh Valley Style

 

 

Levitt Shell Memphis
Levitt Pavilion Westport
Winner, “Best Live Music Spot” and “Best Performing Arts Venue”
Best of the Gold Coast, Connecticut

 

 

Congratulations to the Friends of Levitt organizations on these achievements, which are a true reflection of the impact of community through music in their cities!

  • Roddie Romero And The Hub City All-Stars

Levitteers always know they’re in for an incredible experience at Levitt venues, where everyone is welcome to enjoy artists of all music genres, for free. These talented performers range from up-and-coming acts to highly acclaimed artists, including a number of GRAMMY Award winners and nominees! Just today, the Recording Academy announced nominees for the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards, including 25 artists who have played on Levitt stages. Check out the nominees below, then hear them for yourself with our 2017 GRAMMY Nominees playlist! 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

falls-park-1555.jpgLast week we announced that Sioux Falls, S.D. will become home to a permanent Levitt venue in 2019!

In celebration of this exciting news, enjoy these ten fun facts about this booming city in America’s heartland! Continue reading

Change embodies creative placemaking focus for Foundation

Last month, we announced some exciting news—the work of our national nonprofit, Levitt Pavilions, will be carried out by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation going forward, furthering our mission to strengthen communities across the country through free, live music.

Since 2005, the Levitt Foundation has awarded more than $20 million to its nonprofit partners and grantees to support free concerts in communities large and small. As Liz Levitt Hirsch, president of the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, explained, “This exciting change signals our resolve to direct the majority of the Foundation’s philanthropy towards creative placemaking programs that focus on free concerts in public spaces. With funding now geared to one main cause, it made sense to place the operations of our national organization under one roof and to function as the Levitt Foundation, thus sunsetting Levitt Pavilions.” Continue reading

  • Levitt Arlington
    Arlington, TX
Did you know that each signature Levitt venue is managed and programmed by a local Friends of Levitt nonprofit, and depends on the support of their local community?

“At their core, signature Levitt venues are community-driven,” says Liz Levitt Hirsch, president of the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation. “The Levitt Foundation’s annual grants to these venues only go so far. That means it’s up to each individual community to support the free concerts.”

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