Official Name of Public Space

Minnesota Street Stage

Site Address

449 West King Street and 511 West King Street, Carson City, Nevada

How will your Levitt AMP [Your City] Music Series reflect the essence of the Levitt AMP Grant Awards?

Receiving the Levitt AMP award in 2016 gave Carson City the huge shot in the arm that it needed to begin to realize its potential and, as a community, we were so proud to be chosen and the citizens took ownership of the events knowing that they had a part in receiving the award. Community members invited their friends from out of town with great pride, knowing each time that they were going to see a great show and share an unforgettable experience. Levitt AMP Carson City will reflect the Levitt values by using the power of live music to engage all the different silos of our community by offering a wide variety of musical genres and publicizing the concerts in both English and Spanish. Levitt AMP Carson City will make each concert as inviting, easily accessible and family and pet friendly as possible, creating one of those unique shared experiences that actually create community. Creating a performance space out of an abandoned street demonstrated to our citizens how to give life to any space. A place that not many people would give a second look at before, suddenly became the place to be every Saturday night in Carson City. It is a perfect example of how Placemaking projects can transform a community by bonding its citizens and sparking economic and environmental development and sustainability to meet the specific needs of our community.

How will your town or city benefit from the Levitt AMP [Your City] Music Series?

Last year, the City of Carson City awarded the Brewery Arts Center the right to close off Minnesota Street which is a street separating the campus’s two buildings in order to create one, safe, united campus. This new space has the potential to be the epicenter for barrier free artistic endeavors for Carson City. To further this goal, we will install the area's first Harmony Sculpture Park at the end of October 2016 and during the summer of 2016 this site transformed into the Minnesota Street Stage featuring a new lawn setting and room enough for dancing and activities including a free art wall and bounce house all centered around the Levitt AMP Carson City concert series. By continuing the Levitt AMP series in 2017, we expect to: 1. Bring 800-1200 audience members to each performance bringing locals and visitors to the heart of Carson City to enjoy free, live music and community. 2. Create an atmosphere that engages the community by making accessible to all people, a variety of artists and musical genres. 3. Become a shining example of how collaborations with multiple non-profit organizations can benefit the from creating a free and engaging environment suitable for all ages. 4. To give like-minded individuals of all ages, a gathering place not only for arts and culture but for growth and learning. 5. Give the entire community a barrier free opportunity to participate in the arts

Describe the site where the free concerts will be held. Explain how the Levitt AMP [Your City] Music Series will play a role in enlivening the selected public space and surrounding areas.

The concert site is located in Carson City's Historic District between two buildings, one built in 1865 and the other in 1871 on East side of the recently abandoned Minnesota Street. The 2016 Concert Series energized the Historic District. It not only brought thousands of people to the abandoned Minnesota Street site, but many also but many also became familiar with the Historic Buildings, story and legends of the surrounding district. This was an unintended, positive consequence, we heard over and over again, that people would come early to the concert and take a walk around the district's Historic Blue Line Walking Tour and then enjoy the concert. There is no doubt that more Carson City residents feel connected to one another, to the Historic District and to the City's rich heritage. By installing the lawn and having no fixed seating in the area, we created a platform for more intimate conversation and community building amongst attendees. Recognizing this, we planned to increase the size of the lawn to increase this community building platform.