FRIENDS OF THE LEVITT PAVILION -MACARTHUR PARK

Rating: 4.86 stars   14 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 2230 W 6TH St Los Angeles CA 90057 USA

Mission: The Friends of the Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park (LevittLA) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization founded to restore the historic band shell in MacArthur Park and to establish an annual Summer Concert Season free of charge to the public. Each Summer Concert Season provides a magical experience through an array of amazing performances! Professional musicians and performing artists embody and express a rich diversity in music and dance. The open lawn forms a natural amphitheater with an inviting and relaxed atmosphere. Bring a picnic basket, relax in a lawn chair, stretch out on a blanket or dance under the stars!

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Rating: 4 stars  

Efforts are consistent with the mission of Levitt Foundation at bringing to the Westlake community and its environs through the MacArthur Park venue myriad genres of music, art and cultural diversity for young and old. The ambiance and hospitality are exemplify the ongoing effort by community stakeholders at transforming the area into a family and business oriented neighborhood -- open to residents and visitors alike.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

assisted with set-up and audience engagement

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue increase outreach and understanding among the diverse elements of the area.

Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

50 mini summer concerts at MacArthur Park! Four years and counting. Angelinos unaware of this unique event find it impossible to imagine such a venue. Once you show them the artfully packaged schedule of performances, the public relations atmosphere begins. The usual comments are "hey' I paid $to see this performance at such place or I've wanted to catch this show at the bowl, or can't afford to see this artist when he's in town". Well, we're very grateful to the Friends of the Levitt Pavilion for their commitment to our community, for following their instincts and pursuing this impossible dream in our backyard. Then, there's the icing on the cake. Saturdays show is dedicated to the children. Whether it's Choo Choo Soul or Bob Barkers Marionetts the interactive performances command the imagination and excitement of the children. Thru their inquisitive giggles or explosive laughter, we are invited and surrender into their world. SO, COME ONE COME ALL IT'S THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH! And did I mention it takes place at MacArthur Park.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

our polarized neighborhoods coming together and enjoying a peaceful and cultural event. This experience is shared by families their neighbors and friends.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

So far, it's performed beyond our original expectations.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

using this event at this venue to ease perceptions about MacArthur Park.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Professional and committed.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Duplicate this successful model in other cities and communities.

Ways to make it better...

liability constraints permitted youth to perform volunteer service.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

potential economic trends in sponsor donations and financial support due to the state of our economy.

One thing I'd also say is that...

develop mentoring program around "sound and lighting engineering" otherwise if it works don't fix it.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

it has been a wonderful evening each time i attended an event at the park. the families all seem to enjoy it and you see all generations there. the quality of the music has been fantastic!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

levitt pavilion at macarthur park musical evenings and the fundraiser

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

my friend Bonnie's commitment and unflagging enthusiasm

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wonderful and caring

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do even more advertising and reach out to the community

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

Your outdoor concerts are amazing and fun! Your choice in artists is great, and what you are able to do for the community is commendable. the people yo have working with you are top notch professionals and what they are able to do on a non-profit budget is outstanding!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Consulting with new employees and booking artists.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to get more $ to support the good work you do.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The people are wonderful.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Everyone

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Open new venues Pay artists commensurate with the field, and thus attract any artist they wished

Ways to make it better...

My experience was great.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Thriving and progressing in a recession

One thing I'd also say is that...

Bravo for the great work so far!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Their Levitt Pavilion Summer concert series in MacArthur Park were some of the most unique experiences I have had since I moved to the Greater LA area over a year ago. After my first concert (all ages, from toddlers to Grannies, dancing in the Park), I was hooked and returned for nearly every event in their calendar. The City should uphold these events in the light of community, a visible contribution to what can be done in bringing folks together to enjoy Universal truths like fun and joy.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the sense that all faces, voices, and walks of life can experience what the Friends at Levitt Pavilion have to offer.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try and find more funding...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their outreach and good taste in music, organization, and kind service to artists and audience alike.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

cool, professional, jovial, and dedicated to their service.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach out the community in a myriad of ways; from social assistance and grants to artists, cultural-social engineering development, more concerts and events...

Ways to make it better...

I had brought out more people from different communities.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

things I cannot truly even fathom.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this particular questionnaire needs some editing and tweaking for conciseness and brevity.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

My experience at the Levitt Pavilion-Macarthur park has been very enjoyable. I've attended this event since summer of '07 and have told many people about how great it is. I really enjoyed the reggae music!!! Also, you may want to check out Momma's Hot Tamales on 7th st.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being successful for bringing up Macarthur park.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hire people who are in it for the cause and not for the pay.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very kind and generous.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help many communities

Ways to make it better...

there would be a changing station for babies or restrooms nearby.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

getting well known artists to do the event for free.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am not a member of this organization but i've seen the staff at work.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Looooooove the Levitt Pavilion at MacArthur Park. Fabulous music under the stars, gracious hosts, and the price is right I look forward to it every year-bring a chair,some food and friends, and be transported. Very family friendly too.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

nothing

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Beautiful music

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

gracious and friendly

Ways to make it better...

there were more food venues.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

getting the word out

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

This is a great non-profit that has FREE Concerts during the summer in Macarthur Park. I have been several times for various shows and have always had a great time. They have concert series that cover pretty much all areas. They have shows for chidren that include a variety of entertainment throughout their series as well.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their summer concert series

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the quality of the concert series performers. Whether it's an up & coming band or a well known one, the performance and professionalism has always been great.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

pleasant and knowledgable.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do alot with arts education for families in the area by having music lessons, showing films, art classes, etc.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

We played @ the park to an amazing crowd of people from all walks of life!! Everyone from the Levitt Pavilion were so warm and caring it felt like home... We also got a recognition from the city of Los Angeles and made us very proud of this big city... We're looking forward to perform many more times and get encouraged by the people that live in the same city... OUR CITY! Thanks a million Gustavo Bulgach www.klezmerjuice.com

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the great interaction between all ANGELENOS! they really care about bringing out the best of the community to the community.

Ways to make it better...

we would have more local promotion

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I am a patron of both the MacArthur Park and Pasadena Pavilion, and a fan of both locations and programming. The Levitt Foundation does such an amazing job ensuring that patrons of all ages have a wonderful, entertaining and exciting time while ensuring their needs are met, including and especially, their safety. The Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park is gorgeous, with the immediate surroundings providing great entertainment for the younger kids. If you are in/around Los Angeles during the summer, you cannot miss these amazing cultural events.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching the quality of their programming grow.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

discovering musical acts and genres that I may not have considered in the past.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very friendly, enthusiastic, very knowledgeable.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand it's season.

Ways to make it better...

scheduling changes were announced via email blasts or the website

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding and community involvement.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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