Arts Center Kicks Off Campaign to Bring Back Free Summer Concert Series

October 24, 2017


Contact: Patricia DuChene
Media Relations Coordinator

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is again partnering with the City of Sheboygan and Sheboygan Squared to rally votes for a $25,000 Levitt AMP matching grant to support a series of 11 free concerts in summer 2018. Voting begins Wednesday, Nov. 1, at

Online voting determines the 25 finalists that will be considered for the 15 grants available. Grant winners will be announced Jan. 2, 2017.

“We are encouraging everyone in the region to vote to “Bring Back the Music!” said Jamie Haack, John Michael Kohler Arts Center marketing manager. “Over the past three years, the Levitt AMP Sheboygan Music Series concerts have become wonderful occasions for folks of all ages to relax and enjoy an evening on the lawn. We are asking everyone to help us earn a fourth year of grant support by voting for Sheboygan at”

Sponsored by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a national foundation dedicated to strengthening the social fabric of America through free live music, the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards support 15 nonprofit organizations in presenting an outdoor live music series. The awards were created by the Levitt Foundation to serve small to mid-size towns and cities with populations up to 400,000.

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center submitted the proposal for Sheboygan. The proposed venue site is the new City Green located at New York Avenue and Seventh Street. Sheboygan’s proposal is now posted on the Levitt AMP website for public voting.

“A successful campaign for the Arts Center and Sheboygan depends on community participation to get as many online votes as possible to bring the concert series back in 2018,” said Haack. “The number of online votes received, will be one of the key factors when the Levitt Foundation selects the grant winners.”

Supporters are asked to visit and click on “vote” at the top of the page. Online voting ends November 20 at 5 p.m. Pacific Time. After voting closes, the Levitt Foundation will review the proposals of the 25 top vote-getters and select the Levitt AMP winners.

The Arts Center asks supporters to start spreading the word to family, friends, colleagues and neighbors and rally the community to sign up and vote for Sheboygan’s proposal.

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 collection focuses primarily on works by artist-environment builders, self-taught and folk artists, and works created in the Arts/Industry residency program. Since the 1970s, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center has preserved, studied, and exhibited artist environments. Today, with well over 20,000 individual works of art by 30 different art-environment builders in the collection, the Arts Center is the world’s leading center for research and presentation of this work.
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. 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.

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, 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.