Our Vision

Do you believe access to community gathering spaces and free performing arts can strengthen our community? We do.

 

The Friends of Levitt Pavilion Dayton Fund are working to bring a new concert pavilion to downtown Dayton. The goal of the Levitt Pavilion Dayton is to transform a neglected green space into a thriving meeting ground for the region, while provide access to the performing arts for all.

That’s why Friends of Levitt Pavilion Dayton will break ground on a state-of-the-art amphitheater located on Dave Hall Plaza in 2017. This unique partnership between the City of Dayton, Friends of Levitt Pavilion Dayton and the national Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation will create our city’s next great outdoor concert venue.

Beginning in June 2018, Levitt Pavilion Dayton will present 50 FREE concerts a year featuring local, national and international musicians, with an emphasis on high caliber, diverse programming. Friends of Levitt Pavilion Dayton is a non-profit that will manage, program and fundraise for the venue.

The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation empowers communities across the country to transform neglected outdoor spaces into welcoming destinations where the power of free, live music brings people together and invigorates community life. Through an innovative venture philanthropy model, the Levitt Foundation offers cities, like Dayton, seed funding, ongoing grants and support resources to build and sustain their own permanent Levitt music venue. Levitt venues form the only national network of outdoor music venues offering free concert series.

Levitt’s primary goals are to:
• Create community and social interaction among people of all ages and backgrounds
• Empower cities across America to reclaim and reinvigorate public spaces
• Ensure the performing arts are accessible to all through high quality, free concerts

The construction of Levitt Pavilion Dayton on Dave Hall Plaza will be a catalyst for economic development in this historic and urban neighborhood of Dayton. In addition, Levitt Pavilion Dayton will become a community asset for other local organizations to showcase their programming and activities, as well as for community celebrations and events.

 
 
I have been working in downtown Dayton for decades and feel the Levitt Pavilion will be a key piece in driving new energy to the area, showcasing Dayton’s diversity and creating a vibrant destination to live, work and play.”
— Jeff Ireland, local attorney and Friends of Levitt Dayton Board Chair