"The Bridge" by Elena Colombo (2011); SteelStacks Arts and Cultural Campus, home to Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks (Bethlehem, PA)
"Sky Song" by Nick Guerts and Ryan Elmendorf (2017); Levitt Pavilion Denver (Denver, CO)
Bryce Chisholm's 2017 mural at the Brewery Arts Center, home to Levitt AMP Carson City (Carson City, NV)
Colorful Main Street crossing near Levitt AMP Denison (Denison, TX)
Eighth note bike rack (2017) near Levitt AMP Denison (Denison, TX)
Larger-than-life guitar by 413 Makers (2017) near Heritage Park, home to Levitt AMP Denison (Denison, TX)
M.I.K.E (Musically Integrated Kiosk Environment) by Richard Saxton and Stuart Hyatt, with help from Sheboygan community members (2006); John Michael Kohler Arts Center, home to Levitt AMP Sheboygan (Sheboygan, WI)
"Steel Guitar" by Chris Fennell (2012); Levitt Shell (Memphis, TN)
"The Blue Trees" by Konstantin Dimopoulos, with help from Chattanooga community members (2016) and "Intrusion" by Harry McDaniel (2017); Bessie Smith Cultural Center, home to Levitt AMP Chattanooga (Chattanooga, TN)
“Ain’t Life Grand” by Hughey & McNeil (2015); Bessie Smith Cultural Center, home to Levitt AMP Chattanooga (Chattanooga, TN)
“A Future and a Hope” by Charlie Brouwer; Bessie Smith Cultural Center, home to Levitt AMP Chattanooga (Chattanooga, TN)
“La Diva I” by Ruth Aizuss Migdal; Bessie Smith Cultural Center, home to Levitt AMP Chattanooga (Chattanooga, TN)
“Sister” by Charlie Newton (2017); Bessie Smith Cultural Center, home to Levitt AMP Chattanooga (Chattanooga, TN)
Community creation of Habitat for Humanity "Can Houses" (2017); Berea’s Old Town Artisan Village, home to Levitt AMP Berea (Berea, KY)
Communal vase-making project led by ceramist Vartan Poghosian of 4 Elements Studio (2017); Levitt AMP Utica lawn at Kopernik Park (Utica, NY)
Mural of former pro-skateboarder Harold Hunter by Dean "Ras" Innocenzi (2017); Front Street, across from Mill Hill Park, home to Levitt AMP Trenton (Trenton, NJ)
"Got the City on my Back" by artist and 'Murals on Front' curator Leon Rainbow (2017); Front Street, across from Mill Hill Park, home to Levitt AMP Trenton (Trenton, NJ)
Carved fence post on Dog Mountain, home to Levitt AMP St. Johnsbury (St. Johnsbury, VT)
Carved winged dog sculpture atop Stephen Huneck's Dog Chapel (interior shown on the right) on Dog Mountain, home to Levitt AMP St. Johnsbury (St. Johnsbury, VT)
Carved blue bird perched in a tree on Dog Mountain, home to Levitt AMP St. Johnsbury (St. Johnsbury, VT)
"DREAM" by Laura Kimpton and Jeff Schomberg (2015); Levitt Pavilion Arlington (Arlington, TX)
"Kaleidoscope of Dreams" by Canvas by Canvas (2016); Levitt Pavilion Arlington (Arlington, TX)
Sounds, colors and people fill a Levitt lawn, infusing a palpable energy into an underused public space. More and more, public art—whether it’s a temporary installation, a permanent mural, or an interactive sculpture, to name a few—is becoming part of the Levitt experience across the country. Below are some of the exciting ways Levitt communities have embraced the multidimensional power of the arts in public spaces. Continue reading →
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.
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.
“Preparing for the picnic is fun and part of the experience!” stated a Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles family, while munching on fig and olive crackers with brie cheese.
Levitt Pavilion Arlington picnickers gathering for a family night of music, while snacking on tasty treats.
A Levitteer sharing some picnic love by pouring beverages for all to enjoy at the Levitt AMP Stevens Point Music Series.
This Denison couple is having a romantic night at Levitt AMP, while enjoying drinks and live music.
Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles picnickers came prepared with an LA-style home cooked meal—slaw consisting of carrots, cilantro and jalapenos.
Levitteers at Levitt AMP Sheboygan enjoyed a tasty meal from Wisconsin-based grocery store—Festival Foods before the live music started.
Picnickers in Stevens Point getting settled to enjoy an evening of live, free music at Levitt AMP with ice-cold refreshments.
Levitteers in Bethlehem cooling down with fruity popsicles at Levitt SteelStacks.
Levitteers enjoying an LA inspired basket, including locally grown cherries, before the music starts at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles.
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!
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 →
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 →