January 3, 2018 —The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation named Utica, New York 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 Kopernik Park. Utica Monday Nite 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 how Utica Monday Nite continues to build upon the momentum generated by the past two years of presenting the Levitt AMP Utica Music Series at Kopernik Park, further sparking community engagement and revitalization efforts by presenting inclusive arts experiences for everyone to enjoy.”