$25K in matching funds brings free outdoor concerts to Old Town Artisan Village
.January 2, 2018 —Today, the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation named Berea, Kentucky as one of 15 small to mid-sized towns and cities across America to win a Levitt AMP Grant Award of $25K in matching funds to present a free concert series at Old Town Artisan Village. Berea Arts Council submitted its Levitt AMP proposal.
In June, the Levitt Foundation invited nonprofits to submit proposals that would reflect the three goals of the Levitt AMP awards: Amplify community pride and the city’s unique character; enrich lives through the power of free, live Music; and illustrate the importance of vibrant public Places. Nonprofits that received a previous Levitt AMP grant were eligible to reapply. In an effort to inspire and engage communities across the country around the power of creative placemaking, the Levitt Foundation opened the selection process to the public to choose the top 25 Finalists. The public voted on the submitted proposals over a three-week period in November, selecting their favorite projects online at http://levittamp.org.
"We are thrilled to announce the 2018 Levitt AMP Grant Awards winners. Each made a compelling case for how the Levitt AMP Music Series will create vibrancy in a public space and strengthen the social and economic fibers of their communities," says Sharon Yazowski, Executive Director of the Levitt Foundation. "It will be exciting to see the positive impact of last year’s Levitt AMP Berea Music Series continue at the Old Town Artisan Village, further sparking the cultural district’s revitalization efforts by
presenting inclusive arts experiences for everyone to enjoy.”
The 15 Levitt AMP winners hail from rural towns with populations of less than 10,000 like Whitesburg, Ky.; Galva, Ill.; St. Johnsbury, Vt.; and Middlesboro, Ky.; to mid-sized cities like Berea, Ky.; Carson City, Nev.; Ocala, Fla.; Sheboygan, Wis.; Stevens Point, Wis.; Utica, N.Y.; and Woonsocket, R.I.; to larger cities spanning the country including Escondido, Calif.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Santa Fe, N.M.; and Trenton, N.J.
Each winner will present 10 free concerts featuring a diverse lineup of high-caliber entertainment as part of the Levitt AMP Music Series, for a total of 150 free Levitt AMP concerts across the U.S. in 2018.
Berea, Kentucky* (population: 15,147)
The Berea Arts Council will continue to infuse vibrancy into the city’s Old Town Artisan Village—a historic cultural district recovering from years of economic hardship and vacancy—through multi-layered and inclusive arts experiences at the second Levitt AMP Berea Music Series. The 2018 series will help to spark further investment in the area, positioning Old Town to be a hub for art, food, and community gatherings.
About the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation
The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation is a private foundation that exists to strengthen the social fabric of America. Through its support of creative placemaking, the Levitt Foundation empowers communities to transform underused public spaces into welcoming destinations where the power of free, live music brings people together and invigorates community life. The Foundation's primary funding areas include permanent Levitt venues and the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards, an annual grants competition. During the past decade, the Foundation has awarded more than $20 million in grants to support access to free, high-caliber live music experiences while bringing new life to public spaces.
The Levitt network of permanent outdoor music venues and AMP concert sites collectively serves more than half a million people annually through 450+ free, family-friendly concerts in 23 towns and cities. As an example of the high-caliber talent presented across the Levitt network, the 2018 GRAMMY nominees include 15 artists who have performed on Levitt stages in recent years.
Permanent Levitt venues are located in cities as diverse as Los Angeles; Denver; Westport, Conn.; Bethlehem, Pa.; Memphis, Tenn.; and Arlington, Texas. Each permanent Levitt venue presents 50 free concerts every year and is programmed, managed and supported by its own 501(c)(3) Friends of Levitt nonprofit organization, with Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles run by the Foundation. Due to accelerating interest from cities and engaged citizens, the permanent Levitt venue program is growing. Developing Levitt locations across the country include Dayton (opening 2018), Sioux Falls (opening 2019), and Houston (opening 2020), amongst other cities.
Learn more at http://levitt.org.
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What a week, Berea! This past Friday is in the running for our biggest dance party YET! Thanks to some wild tunes by The Lowdown Brass Band, Fritz Schindler and The Handshake Deals!
Not only did we have rockin' music, we also had a great week for LOCAL FOOD! Featured vendors included Noodle Nirvana, serving up KY Proud Chicken from Pilgrim's Pride in Hickory, KY - a cooperative of 176 families, as well as Elmwood Inn black tea in their delicious Thai Tea.
We also hosted KY Strong BBQ for the first time this week. Their commitment to serving up ONLY Kentucky grown and produced products is right in line with our values and commitment to sustainability!
Big special shout-out to our weekly vendor, Fannie's Country Fried Favorites. Each week, they've shown a dedication to working on goals of sustainability - they've switched to all compostable dishware, source their meat locally, and home make just about everything! WE LOVE YOU, THANK YOU!
Throughout this concert series, we are doing our best to ensure the events have a minimal impact on the environment. Thank you all for your compliance in sorting your waste at our recovery station - each week, we divert recycling and compost from the landfill. Curious for more information about why sorting waste is important? Check out this resource for more information. Diverting waste can create soil, mitigate impact of climate change, and reduce energy consumption. As this article says, "Translating recycling and composting into climate change impact reminds us that recycling and composting are a powerful and significant part of the solution. They are not trivial." THANKS FOR DOING YOUR PART TO SUPPORT OUR VISION!
See you this Friday for more stellar music, and don't forget to stop by our featured non-profit booth, Kentucky Heartwood.