Do you get together with your neighbors on a regular basis? If the answer is no, you’re not alone—according to a 2015 study, only 20 percent of Americans regularly spend time with their neighbors, and a third of the country’s population has never interacted with neighbors. At Levitt, we always encourage people to get to know one another, whether that’s through enjoying free concerts together or through other kinds of community-building activities.
That’s why we love the idea behind Neighborday, a holiday devised seven years ago by media company GOOD to inspire Americans to reach out to folks living next door and plan a communal activity. A block party is one idea, but GOOD offers several other creative ways to forge friendships and build community pride within our neighborhoods. Here are four activities that you and your neighbors can put together just in time for Neighborday on April 29!
What better way for a work of art to reach the most people than through being free to view, open to the public and in an open-air setting? Many cities recognize the value of creating murals throughout their neighborhoods, engaging residents in art-making and boosting community pride during the process. It’s also an inexpensive creative placemaking option that works with the landscape already in place—all it needs is some creativity and paint.
With inspiration drawn from their surrounding communities, murals can vividly depict motivations and aspirations of the artists and community members who created them, as well as provide enjoyment for people simply viewing them. Take a look at some of these inspiring murals adorning Levitt cities across the country! Continue reading →
“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.