Check out the 10 towns and cities that won Levitt AMP grants in 2015!
Anchorage | Alaska
Town Square Park
May 29 – July 31, 2015
The Levitt AMP summer concert series was part of the city’s ongoing effort to reenergize the dormant Town Square Park located downtown and turn it into a safe, welcoming destination for community gatherings by residents and tourists alike.
Presented by Anchorage Downtown Partnership, a nonprofit that provides vital services throughout the Downtown Improvement District and produces events for the community.
Bellingham | Washington
Bay Street and Maritime Heritage Park
July 1 – September 4, 2015
Bellingham presented its Levitt AMP summer concert series in two locations—on Bay Street in the heart of the Arts District, expanding upon efforts to use the arts to revitalize and improve the downtown, and in nearby Maritime Heritage Park, where free, live music attracted new visitors and helped revitalize a beautiful, underused public space.
Presented by the Downtown Bellingham Partnership, a nonprofit dedicated to the betterment of downtown Bellingham and producer of events and activities like Downtown Sounds, Bite of Bellingham and more.
Charlottesville | Virginia
IX Art Park
September 5 – November 6, 2015
The recently opened IX Art Park, an “interactive space for spontaneous dreaming,” provided the ideal environment for the diverse populations involved in Charlottesville’s thriving music scene—University of Virginia students, residents from the neighborhood and music fans from all parts of town—to come together and enjoy a fall of free, live music during the Levitt AMP Music Series surrounded by beautiful green spaces and public art.
Presented by Rector & Visitors of the University of Virginia, which serves as the nonprofit board for the University of Virginia.
Cleveland | Mississippi
Green Space on the Crosstie Walk at College Street
August 20 – October 22, 2015
Once the site of railroad tracks that both physically and psychologically divided the town, the re-imagined Green Space on the Crosstie Walk at College Street brought people together of all backgrounds for the shared experience of free music under the stars. Its Levitt AMP Music Series also celebrated the region’s rich musical legacy of Mississippi Delta Blues.
Presented by Delta State University Foundation, a nonprofit that provides diverse funding for a wide range of campus initiatives including academics, athletics, capital projects and arts and culture.
Denison | Texas
May 29 – July 31, 2015
The Levitt AMP Denison summer series expanded the city’s much loved Music on Main concerts to help establish Heritage Park, a centrally located green space in downtown, as a thriving community destination that celebrates inclusivity, engagement and accessibility through music.
Presented by Denison Main Street Inc., which produces events and activities in downtown Denison.
Frederick | Maryland
Carroll Creek Park Amphitheater
June 16 – August 18, 2015
The underused Carroll Creek—once a dividing line in the community—brought residents of all backgrounds together who enjoyed the Levitt AMP Frederick Music Series, helping to catalyze downtown economic development and enhancing the city’s cultural life.
Presented by Downtown Frederick Partnership, a nonprofit National Main Street Program that works to enhance, promote and preserve the vitality of downtown Frederick.
Lafayette | Louisiana
The Park at the Horse Farm
May 27 – July 29, 2015
Saved from commercial development by a community-wide movement to preserve the last large, undeveloped property within the city, the Park at the Horse Farm hosted the Levitt AMP Lafayette Music Series among acres of rolling hills, open meadows, forested ravines and large live oak trees—a beloved treasure of Cajun Country.
Presented by the Lafayette Public Trust Financing Authority, which supports the city and parish of Lafayette through a range of finance-related programs and community involvement efforts.
Middlesboro | Kentucky
Levitt AMP Middlesboro Pop-Up Park
August 1 – October 3, 2015
Originally a gravel lot, the Levitt AMP Middlesboro Pop-Up Park was transformed from an underused eyesore into a welcoming green space and downtown destination in time for fall concerts, encouraging further community investment in the arts and the establishment of Middlesboro as the center of economic, civic and social life in the Tri-State area.
Presented by Discover Downtown Middlesboro, Inc, a nonprofit following the Main Street Four-Point Approach® and dedicated to revitalizing downtown Middlesboro since 2006.
Sheboygan | Wisconsin
Lawn at North 7th Street and New York Avenue
June 25 – September 3, 2015
Converted from a barrier separating downtown entertainment and cultural organizations into a green, walkable space connecting these amenities, the site of the former Boston Store became a welcoming destination able to host arts and cultural events, community gatherings and the Levitt AMP Sheboygan Music Series staged on M.I.K.E., a unique portable stage sculpted from a grain bin reflecting Sheboygan’s dedication to the arts.
The series included pre-concert activities such as hands-on art activities, printmaking with Drive by Press and dance lessons. In addition, a different community organization from Sheboygan was highlighted at each concert.
Trenton | New Jersey
July 25 – September 26, 2015
Situated behind New Jersey’s State Capitol building and surrounded by historic sites like Trenton’s World War I memorial, Petty’s Run and the Old Barracks, Capital Green’s three-acre site sat dormant for five years before the Levitt AMP opportunity reinvigorated efforts to create a vibrant recreational and performance space celebrating the city’s rich cultural and historical offerings. The summer series enlivened a centrally located unused public space by providing an opportunity for the community to come together to experience the arts, drawing renewed attention to Trenton as an attractive place to visit and live.
Presented by the Trenton Downtown Association, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting economic growth and development as well as arts and cultural activities in the capital city.