Grantees and Levitt Foundation staff pose for a group photo under the sun.
Levitt Foundation Executive Director Sharon Yazowski welcomes grantees to the 2020 Levitt AMP convening.
Kara Smith and Everett Homer (both of Gallup, NM) describe the upbeat atmosphere of their community.
(L to R) Jenna Jefferson and Zachary Greene (both of Middlesboro, KY) brainstorm ideas for an activity.
Margaux Morisseau (Woonsocket, RI) adds some color to a visual representation of her community.
(L to R) Mikey Wiencek and Gina Lopez Hill (both of Carson City, NV) plan their design.
(L to R) Greg Diekroeger and Greg Wright (both of Stevens Point, WI), show off a colorful depiction of their central Wisconsin community.
(L to R) Jody Fried and Molly Stone (both of St. Johnsbury, VT) describe the rich history of their unique community.
(L to R) Jennifer Normoyle and Trista Mudd (both of Ocala, FL) describe the diversity of their community located in the heart of Florida's horse country.
Connie Terry and Sue Ramsey (both of Earlham, IA) describe with pride their nonprofit, Earlham Chicks with Checks.
(L to R) Tom Gilmour (Trenton, NJ), Molly Stone (St. Johnsbury, VT), Claire Kolberg (Fort Smith, AR) and Jody Fried (St. Johnsbury, VT) enjoy a moment of levity.
(L to R) Sean Johnson (Houston, MS) describes his community's geography while Steve Ruth (Whitesburg, KY) lends a hand.
Vanessa Silberman (Levitt Foundation Senior Director of Communications & Strategic Initiatives) speaks to grantees about the core values of the Levitt AMP program.
Reena Hajat Carroll (Executive Director, Perspective) leads grantees and Levitt staff in an activity during a workshop on diversity, equity and inclusion.
(L to R) Patti Sanchez (Levitt Foundation Senior Director of Programs) moderates a grantee panel with Andrew Heuiser (Soldotna, AK), Lisa Clemmons Stott (Springfield, IL) and Meghan Rego (Woonsocket, RI).
(L to R) Arianne Ousley (Levitt Foundation Operations Associate), Andrew Heuiser (Soldotna, AK), Jamie Haack (Sheboygan, WI), Victoria Bridenstine (Levitt Foundation Director of Programs), Katie Giacovelli (Utica, NY), Tom Campbell (Galva, IL), Jennifer Levesque (Merced, CA), Sue Ramsey (Earlham, IA) and Jennifer Normoyle (Ocala, FL)
(L to R) Valerie Horn (Whitesburg, KY), Liz Levitt Hirsch (Levitt Foundation Board President) and Claire Kolberg (Fort Smith, AR)
(L to R) Connie Terry (Earlham, IA) and Liz Levitt Hirsch (Levitt Foundation Board President)
(L to R) Michelle Truett (Utica, NY), Katie Giacovelli (Utica, NY) and Meaghan Singletary (Trenton, NJ)
Jenna Jefferson (Middlesboro, KY) and Kim Garner (Merced, CA)
Tom Campbell (Galva, IL) and Jennifer Levesque (Merced, CA)
Meaghan Singletary (Trenton, NJ) and Steve Ruth (Whitesburg, KY)
(L to R) Jody Fried (St. Johnsbury, VT), Michelle Truett (Utica, NY) and Nicole McGaffey (Levitt Foundation Communications Manager) are all smiles after dinner.
(L to R) Kayla Becker (Sheboygan, WI), Rebecca Zaglifa (Shenandoah Junction, WV) and Sharon Yazowski (Levitt Foundation Executive Director) get ready to dig into dessert.
Lisa Clemmons Stott (Springfield, IL), Liz Levitt Hirsch (Levitt Foundation Board President), and Vanessa Silberman (Levitt Foundation Senior Director of Communications & Strategic Initiatives)
(L to R) Victoria Bridenstine (Levitt Foundation Director of Programs) and Katie Giacovelli (Utica, NY)
(L to R) David Kling (Shenandoah Junction, WV), Gina Lopez Hill (Carson City, NV) and Claire Kolberg (Fort Smith, AR)
Breakfast is underway on Day Two for Jennifer Normoyle (Ocala, FL), Tom Campbell (Galva, IL), David Kling (Shenandoah Junction, WV), Rebecca Zaglifa (Shenandoah Junction, WV), and Carlin Follis (Galva, IL).
(L to R) Connie Terry (Earlham, IA), Sue Ramsey (Earlham, IA), Kim Garner (Merced, CA), and Jennifer Levesque (Merced, CA) fuel up for a second day of activities.
GRAMMY-winning artist and activist Quetzal Flores helps get everyone's wheels spinning for a collective songwriting session.
Levitt AMP grantees and Levitt Foundation staff "move into the vibe" during the collective songwriting workshop with Quetzal Flores.
(L to R) Vanessa Silberman (Levitt Foundation Senior Director of Communications & Strategic Initiatives), Nancy Halverson (Levitt Shell Sioux Falls Executive Director), and Lisa Wagner (Levitt Pavilion Dayton Executive Director) share insights on artistic programming with Levitt AMP grantees.
Grantees relax outside while Molly Stone (St. Johnsbury, VT) performs a feat of athleticism.
Victoria Bridenstine (Levitt Foundation Director of Programs) leads grantees in a brainstorming session on creating a more eco-friendly concert series.
Sharon Yazowski (Levitt Foundation Executive Director) leads a grantee panel on shared leadership approaches with Ali Blair (Berea, KY), Tom Campbell (Galva, IL), and Zachary Green (Middlesboro, KY).
Last week, nonprofit leaders and arts advocates from 20 communities across the country joined us in Los Angeles for the 2020 Levitt AMP convening. A spirit of togetherness and collaboration permeated the event as this year’s cohort of Levitt AMP grantees explored the vision and values driving the Levitt AMP program through two days of conversations, presentations and interactive activities. Highlights included a powerful workshop on diversity, equity and inclusion led by an expert in the field; a brainstorming session on ways to make the concert series more eco-friendly; multiple panels where grantees shared their ideas and experiences; and a collective songwriting workshop led by GRAMMY-winning musician and activist Quetzal Flores that had everyone in the room unleashing their creativity (and singing voices!). Another impactful season of Levitt AMP concerts will be here soon, and we can’t wait to see how this incredible group of grantees will strengthen the social fabric of their communities through Levitt AMP in 2020!
“Music’s Biggest Night” unfolded this past Sunday even as a cloud of controversy and grief hung over the Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles. Performances by artists of all stripes abounded, and by the end of the night, 18-year old pop star Billie Eilish had swept all four of the top-billed categories. Among the class of more than 80 newly minted GRAMMY winners, we’d like to extend a special congratulations to the four artists who have previously performed on a Levitt stage: Gary Clark Jr., Patty Griffin, PJ Morton, and Ranky Tanky!
Today we celebrate the life and legacy of ‘daring dreamer’ and visionary American civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drawing inspiration from his faith and the peaceful teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and activist Bayard Rustin, Dr. King devoted his life to the fight for equality for African Americans and all victims of injustice. In his brief 39 years, the Atlanta-born Baptist minister organized countless nonviolent protests—including the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Birmingham Campaign, the Selma to Montgomery marches and the March on Washington—and founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which played a key role in the Civil Rights Movement. Named TIME’s 1963 “Man of the Year” and honored with the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, Dr. King became an icon of hope whose actions helped pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the 1965 Voting Rights Act. In 1963, Dr. King shared his dream of a nation where his four children would “not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” His courageous life continues to inspire and empower generations to bring his ‘daring dream’ to life.
The 2020 Oscar nominations are in, and today we’re skipping straight to the music! Since the end of the silent film era, original music has been a staple of the movie-watching experience, and this past year of cinema introduced us to some truly memorable tracks. Read on to learn about each of the contenders for Best Original Song, and pick out your favorite ahead of the big day! Stay tuned for closer looks at some of the other movie-music categories in the near future.
A new decade is on the horizon, and before it gets here, we’re taking a moment to look back at some of our favorite songs of 2019! Music is close to all of our hearts here at Levitt, and these Staff Picks reflect the diverse array of sounds and artists that helped inspire our work this year. Read on to discover some of our team’s favorite sonic flavors, or jump straight into our Staff Picks playlist on Spotify! Continue reading →
$25K matching grants will bring free outdoor concerts to 20 small to mid-sized towns and cities across America
Today, the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation awarded $500,000 in matching grants to 20 nonprofits serving small to mid-sized towns and cities across America to produce free outdoor concerts as part of the sixth annual Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards. Reflecting the Levitt Foundation’s commitment to creative placemaking projects generating community support, the Levitt Foundation once again opened the Levitt AMP selection process to the public to choose the top 25 finalists. Continue reading →
(Left to Right) Top Row: Brothers Osborne, Flor De Toloache, Gary Clark Jr., Rosanne Cash, Southern Avenue, Tank and the Bangas; Middle Row: Catherine Russell, Dick Oatts, Larkin Poe, Mariachi Divas, Yola Carter; Bottom Row: Ranky Tanky, Maren Morris, P.J. Morton, Patty Griffin, Third World, The String Theory.
The 2020 GRAMMY nominations are in, and 17 artists who have performed on Levitt stages in the past are up for awards! There’s a lot to be excited about among this crop of nominees — Tank and the Bangas, who performed at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles and Levitt AMP Chattanooga in 2017, are competing in the prestigious category of Best New Artist alongside the likes of Lizzo and Billy Eilish, and Gary Clark Jr., who performed at Levitt Shell Memphis in 2011, scored four nominations for his monolithic rock album This Land. Read on for a full list of past Levitt performers in contention for 2020 GRAMMY Awards, and catch the ceremony on January 26, 2020!
Thank you for believing in the power of free, live music to strengthen communities.
With 550+ free Levitt concerts taking place in 26 communities nationwide, 2019 was one of our most impactful years yet—bringing the joy of Levitt to 720,000+ people of all ages and backgrounds. Continue reading →
November is National Native American Heritage Month. In 1990, this national month-long observance was created to acknowledge and celebrate the rich histories, diverse cultures and noteworthy contributions of indigenous communities. By leveraging the power of community partnerships and creative placemaking—the integration of arts and culture to engage communities—permanent Levitt venues have had the privilege of collaborating with Native American artists and organizations to help bring indigenous arts and culture into the spotlight. Read on to learn about the inspiring partnerships and performers that have brought indigenous arts to three permanent Levitt venues this past summer.