Pictured is a rendering of what the Lakeland Amphitheater will look like when it is complete.

The Lakeland Cultural Arts Center was awarded the Levitt AMP Grant Award – which totals $90,000. 

This multi-year matching grant is given to Lakeland to present a free outdoor music series at their Lakeland Amphitheater for 2023, 2024 and 2025. Lakeland is the first organization in North Carolina and Littleton is the smallest city to receive the grant. 

This award, which is made possible through the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, is given to nonprofits nationwide for their work in music, public space and community building. It is a chance to bring free, live music to cities with a population of 250,000 or less. 

“We are absolutely thrilled and honored to receive this grant,” Lakeland Artistic Director John DuVall said. 

Levitt Grant recipients are decided on through a vote by both the Levitt organization and members of the community, and Lakeland could not be more thankful to those that helped them achieve this milestone.

“We couldn’t have done it without the support of the community and the people within it who voted,” DuVall said. “We feel like such a huge part of the community and are very thankful to everyone here.”

The outdoor music series will span over 10 weeks during the summers of 2023 – 2025. Lakeland hopes that the music series will bring the community and others outside the community to watch the performances.

Although Lakeland has not decided on the specific acts that will be performing, they promise to bring an amazing variety of performances across different genres. These performances will be free and all are welcome to enjoy. 

“We’re excited to offer these acts and cannot wait for them to begin,” Duvall said.

Lakeland asks that patrons follow their Facebook page and check their website for updates regarding the theater and shows, as well as the progression of the amphitheater and this music series.