ICAN was proud to be this past week’s sponsor for week 4 of Utica’s Levitt AMP Music Series, which featured The POORtIM Band as an opener and Adam Ezra Group of Boston headlining.
Utica is one of only 18 cities in the country (and the only one in New York State) to be awarded the Levitt AMP Utica Grant Award, which allows small and mid-size cities to activate their underused public spaces and strengthen the social fabric of their communities through the power of free, live music. The Levitt AMP Series is held every Monday night this summer in Kopernik Park in Downtown Utica’s Oneida Square Arts District and has seen tremendous popularity and growth here at this site for the past 4 years, now welcoming close to 800 people every week to the Monday night concerts.
ICAN ran the weekly Kids Arts Circle with a coloring activity where kids could get creative and draw what their families love doing together. Children, adults and families proudly showed off their drawings of how they “keep their families together” with fun activities. We also had the inaugural “ICAN Wall” on site and audience members shared their “I CAN” statements on Post It notes placed on the wall, sharing what they do best and what they know they CAN achieve. The exercise proved to be a very empowering, thoughtful activity. Stay tuned for more I CAN wall pop ups to share your “I CAN” statement with the world!
The Levitt AMP Series is a wonderful community event that we were honored and proud to be a part of. Concert goers walk, bike, push strollers and drive to the site and congregate together on the lawn to enjoy high caliper musical acts and many musical genres from all over the country. It is the only family-friendly, FREE, community-minded concert series in the city, and fits right in with ICAN’s vision of Keeping Families Together!!