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Contact: Jamie Haack
Acting Marketing Manager
October 26, 2015 Sheboygan, WI
Campaign to bring back Levitt AMP summer concert series Kicks off Nov. 2 at John Michael Kohler Arts Center
The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is again partnering with the City of Sheboygan and the Business Improvement District to rally votes for a $25,000 Levitt AMP grant to support a summer 2016 concert series. A campaign kick-off party will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 2, at the Arts Center, 608 New York Ave., Sheboygan.
Mayor Michael Vandersteen expressed support for the concerts. “The city is committed to creating a vibrant arts, culture, and dining district that benefits all of Sheboygan. Last summer’s concerts, produced by the Arts Center with the partnership of the city and BID, gave us great momentum on that initiative, and we definitely want to bring these free, outdoor concerts back for everyone next summer.”
In addition to featuring live music, coffee, and donuts, the kick-off event will offer visitors a chance to cast their vote for the Sheboygan concert series.
If received, the $25,000 grant will help fund a free weekly music series, produced by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center on the site of the former Boston Store in downtown Sheboygan. The series will feature 10 events showcasing a variety of musical styles performed by nationally and internationally known headliners as well as local acts.
Earlier this month, the Arts Center submitted a proposal for a Sheboygan music series to Levitt Pavilion, a nonprofit organization that seeks to strengthen community bonds by underwriting free Levitt AMP concerts across the United States.
The Sheboygan proposal will compete to finish among the top 20 in an online voting contest. The winners will advance to the final round, when Levitt Pavilion will select 10 cities to receive the grant awards.
Online voting runs Nov. 2–30 at grant.levittamp.org.
About the John Michael Kohler Arts Center: Founded in 1967, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center is dedicated to making innovative arts programming accessible to a broad audience that ranges from artists and academics to families and youth of all ages. Central to its mission is promoting understanding and appreciation of the work of self-taught and contemporary artists through original exhibitions, commissioned works of art, performing arts programs, community arts initiatives, and publications. The Arts Center’s collections focus primarily on works by vernacular-environment builders, self-taught and folk artists, and works created in the Arts/Industry residency program.
Looking to the future, the Arts Center continues to generate new explorations in the arts that foster creative exchanges between an international community of artists and a diverse public, making real the power of the arts to transform lives and strengthen communities. The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is supported by corporate and foundation donors, government grants, and its many members. The Arts Center is not an entity of Kohler Co. or its subsidiaries. More information about the Arts Center can be found at jmkac.org.
Admission to the John Michael Kohler Arts Center is by voluntary donation. Arts Center members receive a discount on performance and other event tickets, classes and camps tuition, purchases at ARTspace gift shops, and free or discounted admission to many special events. Memberships are available at the Arts Center, by visiting jmkac.org, and/or by calling 920-458-6144.
Arts Center Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Arts Center is open at other times for special events.