January 2, 2018 —Today, the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation named Woonsocket, Rhode Island 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 River Island Art Park.
In October, NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley submitted its Levitt AMP proposal in partnership with the Office of Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, The Downtown Woonsocket Collaborative, The Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, Adam Brunetti Productions, and Mike Martin. The application was designed to 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. Then, 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. “River Island Art Park is the ideal place for the Levitt AMP Woonsocket Music Series, shining a light on and drawing neighbors back to this underused public space, and creating a welcoming destination where everyone in Woonsocket can come together to enjoy the free concerts.”
The series will run from June 29th – August 31st on Friday evenings. In the coming weeks, the LevittAMP Woonsocket Planning Committee will reconvene to work through the logistics of the series. In the meantime, if anyone is interested in volunteering to support the series or providing a band recommendation, we’d love to hear from you.
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