Recap: Spotlight on Levitt AMP Communities

spotlight_This past summer Levitt AMP took on the virtual concert space, and along the way, we got to know each community better through our Spotlight blog series. We’re incredibly inspired by the nonprofits that bring Levitt AMP to life, and we know you will be too—follow the links below to discover the compelling stories behind each Levitt AMP community!

  • Berea, KY, where an Appalachian town’s abolitionist roots and artisan craft tradition inspired an inclusive creative economy.
  • Carson City, NV, where a decaying brewery reimagined through the arts energized an idle downtown.
  • Earlham, IA, where a philosophy of knowing your neighbors is the standard for an all-female giving circle.
  • Fort Smith, AR, where street art installations transformed a city of lost industries.
  • Gallup, NM, where a high desert town along Route 66 is reimagining its historic downtown as an inclusive place for healing and community.
  • Galva, IL, where a veteran’s love for live music inspired a permanent community stage.
  • Houston, MS, where a renewed vision for North Mississippi’s Tanglefoot Trail and Natchez Trace is sparking change.
  • Merced, CA, where the home of the newest University of California campus is using the arts to build social cohesion for its diverse population.
  • Middlesboro, KY, where a small Appalachian town once dependent on coal became a regional music destination.
  • Ocala, FL, where Levitt AMP has fueled significant community-focused investments in a historically underserved Black neighborhood.
  • Sheboygan, WI, where free concerts inspired an art museum to create multiple platforms for authentic community dialogue.
  • Shenandoah Junction, WV, where interactive arts experiences are reshaping this rural town’s landscape in the lush Shenandoah Valley.
  • Soldotna, AK, where a rural Alaskan town is building trust with Native Alaskans through collaborative programming.
  • Springfield, IL, where a Midwestern state capital with ties to Abraham Lincoln is bridging historic racial divisions in a formerly vacant lot.
  • St. Johnsbury, VT, where a past industrial hub in the Northeast Kingdom has been re-energized by live music atop a scenic dog haven.
  • Stevens Point, WI, where the narrative around small-town living in the Midwest is being reimagined through investments in arts and technology. 
  • Trenton, NJ, where community-driven art and cultural experiences have breathed new life into the historic state capital’s downtown district. 
  • Utica, NY, where a Rust Belt city, home to refugees from 30+ nations, puts its vast cultural assets at the center of building community.
  • Whitesburg, KY, where Appalachia’s “fertile crescent of country music” is seeding its future through creative and enterprising collaborations.
  • Woonsocket, RI, where a former industrial boomtown has evolved into a modern multicultural community.

Clockwise from top left: Merced, CA; Fort Smith, AR; Stevens Point, WI; Utica, NY; St. Johnsbury, VT; Galva, IL; Carson City, NV; Earlham, IA.


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