By Patrick Lynn
CREATE Portage County is planning another summer of live music, and they need a little help from the public.
Levitt AMP Stevens Point brings a series of diverse musical acts to the bandshell at Pfiffner Pioneer Park for the first 10 weeks of summer. The series, according to a news release from CREATE Portage County, is made possible in part through a $25,000 matching grant from the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a national foundation dedicated to strengthening the social fabric of America through free live music.
Communities receiving the grant must be small- to mid-sized municipalities with a population under 400,000 and are chosen through an online voting process.
Greg Wright, executive director of CREATE Portage County, said the community has won the grant for the past two summers, and the successful series has drawn “more energy” to Pfiffner Park and the riverfront.
Wright said the past two grants have helped the community “see the value of investing in arts and culture that grows our sense of place.”
“We can’t do this work without community buy-in,” Wright said. “So vote and then encourage your friends and co-workers to vote as well.”
Supporters are asked to visit https://grant.levittamp.org/voter-registration-page/ to register and vote.
Online public voting is open Nov. 1-20. The Levitt Foundation will review the proposals of 25 finalists and announce up to 15 Levitt AMP winners on Dec. 18.
To learn more about CREATE, visit www.createportagecounty.org.