Music Series returns to Kohler Arts Center


THE PEOPLE BROTHERS BAND performs at a 2017 Levitt AMP Sheboygan Music Series event. - Photo courtesy John Michael Kohler Arts Center. THE PEOPLE BROTHERS BAND performs at a 2017 Levitt AMP Sheboygan Music Series event. - Photo courtesy John Michael Kohler Arts Center. The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation has named Sheboygan as one of 15 small to mid-size towns and cities across America to win a Levitt AMP Grant Award of $25,000 in matching funds to present a free concert series at the City Green.

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center submitted the grant proposal and will present the concert series.

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.

In an effort to inspire and engage communities across the country around the power of creative place making, the Levitt Foundation opened the selection process to the public to choose the top 25 finalists. The public voted on the submit- ted proposals over a three-week period in November, selecting their favorite projects online.

“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 the John Michael Kohler Arts Center continues to build upon the momentum generated by the past three years of presenting the Levitt AMP Sheboygan Music Series, this summer on the new City Green, further sparking community engagement and revitalization efforts by presenting inclusive arts experiences for everyone to enjoy.”

Levitt AMP Sheboygan has flourished over the past three years, supporting investment in the area and bringing people together downtown. The John Michael Kohler Arts Center will again present the series. This year, concerts will happen in the new City Green—once the site of a large retail store and soon-to-be a vibrant green space in the heart of the city’s newly created Arts, Culture and Food District.

Watch the Arts Center’s website (jmkac.org) and Facebook page for announcement of the series dates and performers in spring.

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.; and 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 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.


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