Woonsocket receives $25K Levitt AMP grant to host free concert series

A MAP OF THE 15 cities and towns, including Woonsocket, that received $25,000 grants to host a free concert series this summer. / COURTESY MORTIMER & MIMI LEVITT FOUNDATION
A MAP OF THE 15 cities and towns, including Woonsocket, that received $25,000 grants to host a free concert series this summer. / COURTESY MORTIMER & MIMI LEVITT FOUNDATION

WOONSOCKET – The city was named one of 15 small- to mid-sized towns and cities by the Los Angeles-based Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation to win a $25,000 Levitt AMP grant to present a free concert series at River Island Art Park, according to an early January release.

“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,” said Sharon Yazowski, executive director of the Levitt Foundation, in a statement.

The city’s application was submitted in October by NeighborWorks Blackstone Valley 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.

Over a three-week period in November, the public voted on which cities should receive the funding.

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Running Friday evenings from June 29 to Aug. 31, the series is looking for anyone interested in volunteering. More information can be found online.

Emily Gowdey-Backus is a staff writer for PBN. You can follow her on Twitter @FlashGowdey or contact her via email, gowdey-backus@pbn.com.