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Since 2015, Trenton Downtown Association has presented the Levitt AMP Trenton Music Series, 10 FREE concerts, each summer in Downtown Trenton. Trenton is one of 20 current cities across the country that received a grant from the Levitt Foundation to bring people of all ages and backgrounds together to enjoy live-free music in their communities.
The Levitt Foundation established the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards to support outdoor venues in small to mid-sized cities from coast to coast, making it possible for more people to experience the joy of the performing arts while celebrating the spirit of their communities.
TDA postponed all live Levitt AMP Trenton Music Series concerts in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. However, not only did we participate in the Levitt AMP Virtual Music Series, but we also closed out the series with an amazing virtual tribute to Sarah Dash, Trenton’s Music Ambassador and one of the world’s most celebrated soul, funk and disco singer-songwriters. Sarah, a Trenton native, is best known as one-third of the groundbreaking group LaBelle, whose hit single "Lady Marmalade" cemented her place in music history.
Trenton is proud to be a part of this incredible opportunity to be a part of the Levitt Foundation’s mission to empower cities across America to reclaim green spaces and reinvigorate public spaces and ensuring the performing arts are accessible to all through high-quality, free concerts.
The Sarah Dash 75th Birthday Bash was livestreamed on August 16th, 2020.Read More
“Murals on Front Street” was launched in 2017 as a live visual art event to complement the Levitt AMP Trenton Music Series. While the coronavirus pandemic forced TDA to postpone the 2020 concert series, officials were able to continue “Murals on Front Street,” as well as the “We Are Survivors” mural series and a city neighborhoods sidewalk chalk project, through a $25,000 grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
The mural series was curated by Leon “Rain” Rainbow, one of Trenton's most celebrated graffiti artists, who once again brought together an amazing group of artists to transform walls of a parking lot into works of art.
“We could all use a little more positive energy and joyful, creative expression in our lives,” says Rainbow about the project.
The 2020 "Murals on Front Street” series ran from July to September, with new murals from 12 artists being created every Thursday at Front and Broad Streets in Trenton.
The following artists were featured:
Dean "RAS" Innocenzi / R Fab Art
Sophie Ban / Dave Orantes
Jon “Lank” Connor
Dave MekOne Klama
Sloke / Meres
Imse & Saoka / Penr
Murals on Front Street is a project of TDA and the New Jersey Council on the Arts.
This past year was challenging in so many ways. Yet, TDA was able to present the Sarah Dash Tribute, as well as coordinate and promote three wonderful public art projects—Murals on Front Street, We Are Survivors and the Sidewalk Chalk Project—with the help of so many dedicated individuals.
Levitt AMP Trenton would not be possible without the enthusiastic, dedicated and all-around wonderful group of volunteers, muralists, community organizations and sponsors. We look forward to working with you all again soon!
Take a trip down memory lane by browsing our photo albums. http://bit.ly/LevittAMPTrenton2019Photos
Trenton was named one of 18 small to mid-sized towns and cities across America to win a Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Award of $25K in matching funds to present a free concert series at Mill Hill Park in 2019. In an effort to inspire and engage communities across the country around the power of creative placemaking, the Levitt Foundation invited the public to choose the Top 25 finalists through online voting. Learn more about the winners and the 180 free Levitt AMP concerts across America at http://levittamp.org. Of those 18 cities, three cities were awarded a multi-year commitment by Levitt Foundation to fund the Series until 2021, and Trenton was one of them.
Learn more about the series at http://www.levittamp.org.
The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation is a national funder of creative placemaking that empowers towns and cities across America to transform underused public spaces into thriving destinations through the power of free, live music. Learn more at levitt.org.