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The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation named Galva, Illinois as one of 15 small to mid-sized towns and cities across America to win a Levitt AMP Grant Award of $25K in matching funds to present a free concert series at Wiley Park. The Galva Arts Council submitted its Levitt AMP proposal.


In June, the Levitt Foundation invited nonprofits 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 a previous Levitt AMP grant were eligible to reapply. In an effort to inspire and engage communities across the country around the power of creative place making, the Levitt Foundation opened the selection process to the public to choose the top 25 Finalists.


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


"We are thrilled to announce the 2018 Levitt AMP Grant Awards winners. Each made a compelling case for how the Levitt AMP Music Series will create vibrancy in a public space and strengthen the social and economic fibers of their communities," says Sharon Yazowski, Executive Director of the Levitt Foundation. “Wiley Park is the ideal place for the Levitt AMP Galva Music Series, shining a light on this underused public space and creating a welcoming destination for everyone in Galva and the surrounding communities to come together and enjoy the free concerts.”


The 15 Levitt AMP winners hail from rural towns with populations of less than 10,000 like Whitesburg, Ky.; Galva, Ill.; St. Johnsbury, Vt.; and Middlesboro, Ky.; to mid-sized cities like Berea, Ky.; Carson City, Nev.; Ocala, Fla.; Sheboygan, Wis.; Stevens Point, Wis.; Utica, N.Y.; and Woonsocket, R.I.; to larger cities spanning the country including Escondido, Calif.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Santa Fe, N.M.; and Trenton, N.J. Each winner will present 10 free concerts featuring a diverse lineup of high-caliber entertainment as part of the Levitt AMP Music Series, for a total of 150 free Levitt AMP concerts across the U.S. in 2018.


The Galva Arts Council is now raising funds to match this grant. Businesses, organizations, and individuals interested in donating money, time, or resources to this cause should visit or contact Stephanie Taylor, Vice President, at (309) 714-8870 or All donations will be matched dollar for dollar up to $25,000 and are 100% tax-deductible.


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