From left to right, top to bottom. Ann Brusky, Nancy Halverson, Meaghan Singletary and Sharon Yazowski participate in the “Expanding Place Through Adaptive Programming” panel at the Walk/Bike/Places conference.
During last month’s Walk/Bike/Places conference, Levitt Foundation Executive Director Sharon Yazowski moderated an engaging virtual panel with Levitt grantees from Sioux Falls, S.D., Trenton, N.J. and Sheboygan, Wisc., titled “Expanding Place Through Adaptive Programming.” The conversation focused on how these nonprofits continued to build community through the arts during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how their experiences and lessons learned have influenced their programming in 2021 and beyond, expanding their thinking around place, access and the arts.
“This past year was focused on adaptive programming to continue to connect people with each other to offer comfort, healing, and a sense of togetherness, even while needing to be apart,” Yazowski said. ”Through rethinking their programming these three nonprofits created a sense of place and opportunity for social connection beyond their traditional sites.”
Tomorrow night, GRAMMY-nominated New Orleans brass band-meets-Mardi Gras Indian outfit Cha Wa brings their funk-laced beats and bass-heavy sousaphone to Levitt Pavilion Westport—just days before they head to Sheboygan, Wis., to close out the 2019 Levitt AMP Sheboygan Music Series next Thursday night! Audiences are in for a vibrant taste of a New Orleans street party. Led by the warm, gritty vocals of lead singer J’Wan Boudreaux, Cha Wa infuses reggae, gospel, funk and old-school R&B into the booming sound of a traditional New Orleans brass band to create high-energy, eclectic fusions that honor the city’s rich Mardi Gras Indian heritage. The band’s name itself, which loosely translates to “we’re comin’ for ya,” is a traditional Mardi Gras Indian rallying cry that’s heard throughout the streets of New Orleans each Mardi Gras.
Tonight, genre-busting troubadours Making Movies bring their eclectic fusion of rock, cumbia, and spoken word to Levitt AMP Trenton. Known for their contagious Afro-Latin rhythms, socially-conscious messages, and heartfelt performances, Levitt AMP Trenton concertgoers are in for a fantastic show tonight. The members of Making Movies are no strangers to Levitt. Tonight’s show will mark the band’s fifth appearance on a Levitt stage—with past performances in Sheboygan, Wis. (2018), Santa Fe, N.M. (2018), Denver (2017) and Memphis (2017). Continue reading →
Earlier this season, we shared the first five Levitt AMP Music Series lineups to invigorate small to mid-sized towns and cities through the 2018 Levitt AMP Music Series—today we’re pleased to shine the spotlight on five more incredible Levitt AMP lineups that are thrilling Levitteers this season!
With free Levitt AMP concerts already underway in 13 towns and cities from coast to coast, this year’s Levitt AMP Music Series is in full swing and we’ve loved seeing the ways #musicmoves concertgoers and communities nationwide! Today we’re taking a closer look at the exciting talent lighting up the Levitt AMP stages in Sheboygan, Wis.,Carson City, Nev.,Utica, N.Y.,Trenton, N.J., and Woonsocket, R.I.! Featuring a wide array of musical styles and genres, ranging from explosive rock ‘n’ roll, to velvety R&B and danceable mariachi (among many others!), these lineups are bringing lively and eclectic concerts that audiences of all ages, backgrounds and musical tastes are bound to enjoy. Scroll down to learn more about the rising stars and award-winning talent filling these five communities with the joyous sounds of free, live music! Continue reading →
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.
These buddies sure got a blast of blue earlier this concert season at Levitt AMP Sheboygan! Levitteers in this Wisconsin city were invited to take part in art activities prior to each free show, including face painting, writing poetry, and chalking up the streets (and each other!). Though on such fun-filled evenings, there’s no way you can feel blue!
While we look back at Levitt lawn action from this summer, the music goes on at Levitt AMP Charlottesville and Levitt AMP Cleveland, with free concerts continuing over the next two weeks. Check out their lineups and bring your buddies to the next show!
Featured Levitt AMP Music Series artists, by column, left to right: (Levitt AMP Carson City) SambaDá, Whitney Myer and Incendio; (Levitt AMP Denison) John Fullbright, Danielle Nicole and Billy Joe Shaver; (Levitt AMP Greensboro) Gate City Divas, Carolyn Malachi and The Suffers; (Levitt AMP Jacksonville) Benton Blount, Radio Birds and Old Salt Union; (Levitt AMP New Albany) Dee-1, Marcella & Her Lovers and Pala Mali; (Levitt AMP Sheboygan) Flor de Tolache, Synthian and the Rebirth Brass Band.