Ignite Imaginations, Access the World

submission by RBodie
Ignite Imaginations, Access the World

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

Levitt Pavilion Greater Los Angeles & Pasadena

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www.facebook.com/LevittPavilionPasadena www.facebok.com/LevittPavilionMacPark

Organization(s) instagram handle(s):

www.instagram.com/levittpas ; www.instagram.com/levittpavilionlosangeles

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Describe Your Organization(s)

Non-profit organization

For-profit organization


Other (please specify below):

In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


We create “Community through Music”, by making live music accessible to all, creating stronger and more connected communities. We celebrate the diversity of cultures, and promote appreciation of the arts, through 50 FREE concerts each year per venue.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


To develop a curriculum of interactive activities and workshops prior to our Children’s Concert Series, in partnership with other local arts organizations. that ignite the imaginations of children and their families. The activities and workshops will be coordinated with the acts performing on stage, showcasing the multiculturalism of LA, and expanding the awareness of other world cultures.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


Other (please specify below):

(e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County):

Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles (MacArthur Park); Levitt Pavilion Pasadena (Memorial Park)

How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

Other (please specify below):


Engage community; expand cultural awareness

How will your proposal improve the following “Play” metrics? (check all that apply)

Access to open space and park facilities

Number of children enrolled in afterschool programs

Per capita crime rates

Percentage of residents that feel safe in their neighborhoods

Attendance at major league sporting events

Residents within 1⁄4 mile of a park (Dream Metric)

Number of residents with easy access to a “vibrant” park (Dream Metric)

Number of parks with intergenerational play opportunities (Dream Metric)

Number (and quality) of informal spaces for play (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to play.


Levitt Pavilion Greater Los Angeles & Pasadena envisions an LA2050 in which the community as a whole—parents, children, young adults, seniors—comes together to play in welcoming outdoor settings to experience the joy of arts experiences open to all. We believe that access to high quality arts experiences shouldn’t be reserved for those who can afford to buy tickets, but should be made available to everyone. Each summer over 100,000 Angelenos of all ages and backgrounds enjoy 100+ free concerts at Levitt Los Angeles in MacArthur Park, and Levitt Pasadena in Memorial Park, adding vitality to public spaces that were once neglected and nurturing an appreciation for the arts in this great city we call home.

However, in the wake of drastic funding cuts to arts education in Los Angeles-area public schools, Levitt believes we could – and must – do more. Tens of thousands of youth are missing out on opportunities to engage more deeply with the arts, compromising an invaluable part of their overall growth as individuals and members of society. Levitt proposes to help fill this void by enhancing Levitt LA and Levitt Pasadena’s popular free children’s concerts with a series of free, hands-on interactive workshops before each children’s show, designed to ignite imaginations and expand the awareness of the multiculturalism of LA and other world cultures.

The My LA 2050 grant will give Levitt the opportunity to extend and deepen children’s art experiences through weekly pre-concert workshops from late June through August 2016. These hour-long interactive workshops will be taught by highly skilled teaching artists in a welcoming and supportive environment, and coordinated with a community partner and the acts onstage to highlight the cultural significance of the days performance. Through making an instrument, trying out cultural dances, creating murals, learning a new song of another culture and singing along with others, we envision each workshop will engage the imagination and offer a fun and hands-on way for children to experience the joy of creating and experiencing music of various cultures in a communal setting.

Both Levitt L.A. and Levitt Pasadena have had incredible success with the children’s series presented as part of the overall Levitt concert seasons. Based upon the attendance at the children’s programs in previous years, we anticipate that approximately 20,000 Los Angeles children will benefit from this program in 2016.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


We will evaluate the success of the program in the following key ways:
First, we will measure the number of participants attending each of the 20 children’s concerts and the number of children attending the pre-concert workshops.

Additionally, following each children’s workshop, Levitt professional staff, workshop artists, and participating partners, will debrief and determine how to enhance participation, refine logistics and evaluate responses.

Finally, to measure success in participation, we will collect the qualitative data from the surveys of participants. Levitt routinely collects random samples of audience surveys in both English and Spanish. This summer’s surveys will include questions about the new interactive activities and workshops for children and families, in order to receive reactions to the project and to measure its success. The surveys will be tallied and the results will be incorporated into a final report to be shared with the funder.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Other (please specify below):

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These concerts are wonderful events which stimulate culture social interaction. They provide an opportunity for many who are unable to afford high ticket prices the experience and gift of live music.

by artsilveri
5 months ago

Tierra Blanca Arts Center has participated at the Levitt Pavilion by bringing children to perform folk, culture, history and tradition from different countries of Latin America, and it is a wonderful venue due to the fact that all their staff and volunteers give a very nice to all the children and people that participate, by giving them a professional treatment and respect for their passion to their culture. We will be back to The Levitt Pavilion as many time they invited us ...is a place like no other to perform and share our work with the community.

6 months ago

I have enjoyed many concerts at Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena. The concerts are wonderful community events.

by kathleenbriley
6 months ago

Levitt has my vote and support!
Peace, joy, music, wisdom and prosperity!

by katiamoraes
6 months ago

To see the eyes of children light up at the Levitt is incredible. Enriching their visits with hands on exchanges will ignite their imaginations and deepen the impact of Levitt programming. Please help Levitt build a better future for youth in Los Angeles.

by linetolizzaolzco
6 months ago

As a music teacher who serves the poorest neighborhoods in Los Angeles, I have often brought my students and their families to the FREE performances at the MacArthur Park Levitt Pavilion. Since the renovation by the Levitt Pavilion Foundation of the dilapidated MacArthur Park band shell, the whole community surrounding the park has been uplifted. I hope the Levitt organization will get this grant so they can continue and expand their wonderful work.

by latinoartsla
6 months ago

The Levitt Pavilion's proposal greatly expands on their mission of community through music by bringing free family oriented children;s concerts

by nick.matonak
6 months ago

My 6 year old daughter has been bugging me to play an instrument, this would be so great to have her be a part of! Let's make this happen, please

by jessefdaniels
6 months ago

So excited to see Levitt LA in the running for this!!!

by chaser0603
6 months ago

One of the highlights of living in Los Angeles is the diversity of cultures represented here. Few things can can spark change, build bridges, and unite communities the way music can and Levitt Pavilions has been at the forefront of presenting the best music that LA has to offer!

by gonzalezbeto
6 months ago

I cannot think of a better way to serve our community than provide free concerts in the park. Nothing builds community like music and food and dancing and fun.

by maxwrightson
6 months ago

The Levitt is an amazing place where you can experience an enlightening culture of music. It is not only the concerts that are transformative but how it uplifts the community as a whole. Where else can the entire community come together and find equal footing to enjoy something shared by everyone.

by Community_Member
6 months ago

Funds for Arts & Entertainment are often the first to get cut from budgets and the cost to attend concerts can be exorbitant, making entertainment out of reach for many people. Therefore, it's even more critical that Los Angeles has the Levitt Pavilion L.A. at MacArthur Park and the Levitt Pavilion Pasadena which provide over 100 FREE concerts every summer. Imagine that EVERYONE can go to these Levitt Pavilions and experience Grammy Award-winning artists and musicians from all genres at no cost. We can't wait for next summer! Thank you for your consideration of these Levitt Pavilions as they bring the community together through music!

by Jinga34
6 months ago

Levitt Pavilion does so much good for the Los Angeles area. they are really bringing culture back to Macarthur park and bringing more people to this gorgeous place!

by sammvega
6 months ago

Thank you for your careful consideration of our proposal. For over seven (7) years, Levitt Pavilion LA has brought the special community surrounding MacArthur Park together through free music. From the Grammy award-winning stylings of Ozomatli to the LA Opera to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame-nominated Los Lobos, Levitt Pavilion LA has been instrumental in bringing together rich and poor, long-time residents and newly arrived immigrants, families and single individuals, all together for one purpose - to enjoy the art of music. Free! Your positive action on our proposal is not only appreciated by the Board and Staff of the Levitt Pavilion LA, but by the thousands and thousand of individuals who enjoy and appreciate free music in MacArthur Park. Thank you.

by DarrellGBrooke
6 months ago

The Levitt is an organization that stands true to its vision of empowering communities through music. This is an opportunity to strengthen that vision. Engaging in workshops and activities with young students from Los Angeles before performances will add so much more to the concert experience for all and profusely invigorate a passion for learning. The Levitt Pavilion organization in Los Angeles thrives in an intersection of global cultures and multiculturalism. The Levitt pavilion organization in Los Angeles is committed to bringing these global cultures together, celebrating diversity, and sharing the experience! #ILoveTheLevitt #Edu-tainment

by GuillermoTejeda
6 months ago

These workshops are sure to bring joy and inspiration to thousands of children next summer! Vote for Levitt LA and support igniting a child's imagination through these amazing hands-on musical experiences!

by syaz
6 months ago

YES!! Workshops for kids will be wonderful or the whole community! And they're FREE!

by RBodie
6 months ago


by GuillermoTejeda
6 months ago

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Submission Began
Tuesday, September 08, 2015

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Winner Announced
Tuesday, December 08, 2015