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Midvale Arts Council Gets Boost From Grant

Press Release and Lisa Christensen

January 6, 2016

Midvale—Tuesday, the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation awarded $375,000 in matching grants to 15 nonprofits serving small to mid-sized towns and cities across America to produce free outdoor concerts, as part of the second annual Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards. Among them was the Midvale Arts Council.

In July, the Levitt Foundation invited nonprofits, and municipalities partnering with a nonprofit, 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 the Levitt AMP grant in 2015 were eligible to reapply.

The public voted on the submitted proposals over a four-week period in November, selecting their favorite projects online.

"We're incredibly excited by this year's Levitt AMP winners, and would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who voted during the online competition to choose the finalists," says Sharon Yazowski, Executive Director of the Levitt Foundation. "Each of the winning proposals made a compelling case for how the Levitt AMP Music Series will breathe new life into a public space and strengthen the social and economic fibers of their communities."

The 15 Levitt AMP winners hail from small towns like Asbury Park, N.J.; North Adams, Mass.; Cleveland, Miss.; Middlesboro, Ky.; Midvale, Utah; Jacksonville, Ill.; New Albany, Miss.; and Denison, Texas; to mid-sized cities spanning the country including Greensboro, N.C.; Trenton, N.J.; Carson City, Nev.; Sheboygan, Wis.; Charlottesville, Va.; Utica, N.Y.; and Frederick, Md. Each winner will present 10 free concerts featuring a diverse lineup of high caliber entertainment in 2016 as part of the Levitt AMP Music Series, for a total of 150 free Levitt AMP concerts.

The Midvale Arts Council will present the Levitt AMP Midvale Music Series in Midvale City Park to elevate the free summer concert series at the Midvale Outdoor Stage, building upon the city's efforts to revitalize the heart of Midvale by providing all residents access to high quality performing arts.

Stephanie Johnson, secretary of the Midvale Arts Council Board of Directors and president of the Midvale Volunteer Arts Council, said the grant will allow the group to increase the quality of their ongoing seasonal concert series.

“We’re so happy about it. We were the only one in Utah to qualify,” she said. “We’ll be able to bring in a higher caliber of talent. We’ll be able to bring in full lights and sounds to make it a really amazing concert-going experience.”

The Midvale Arts Council will be working in conjunction with the Cinco de Mayo Committee, Harvest Festival Committee, Canyons School District, Boys and Girls Club, and Unified Police Department to organize a weekly “Friday Night Lights” entertainment series, she said.

There will be something every week to get kids off the street and provide entertainment for families,” she said.

In addition to the monetary award of $25K each in matching funds to produce the 10 free concerts, Levitt AMP grant recipients will also receive the Levitt AMP Toolkit containing valuable resources to help them successfully produce their concert series. Funding for the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards is made possible by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a private family foundation.

A full lineup of the Midvale Arts Council’s events will be upcoming at midvalearts.com.

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