Sign up for our newsletter to learn about our events, project announcements and economic development news.
Quality of Life
Levitt Pavilion Dayton
Funds would be used to enhance the accessibility for our audiences to Levitt Pavilion Dayton, which would include upgrades to the video wall, addition of a concession area, improved way-finding, and additional storage, providing sustainability of this community asset that is contributing to the vibrancy of our urban core in Dayton. We have learned more about how our community uses the venue, therefore the improvements will attract more people and deepen our community building.
We have received $50,000 in capital grant money and as we continue to receive bids for the work we are seeing the costs escalate. We are creating an endowment for future capital needs.
Construction or Capital
As mentioned we are building an endowment to address future capital needs.
Within the next 6-12 months
Coming out of the isolation from the pandemic, we saw the need for connection more than ever at Levitt Dayton in 2022, as our audiences grew. The connections made on the Levitt lawn strengthen the fabric of our community and enhance the vibrancy of our urban core. Strangers become friends through conversations on the Levitt lawn that would not have happened due to lack of intersections. It is through this that we are gaining an understanding of one another. We are creating access to free high caliber music, which is creating inclusion to a live entertainment experience. This venue opened in 2018 with 33 concerts and 28,000 attendees. In 2019 we had 53 concerts and 58,000 attendees. We had over 65,000 people attend the 36 concerts in 2021, and over 58,000 across 45 concerts in 2022. With an economic study done by the University of Dayton, Levitt Dayton has contributed $5 million in economic impact to the urban core of Dayton, spent in local businesses surrounding the venue and supporting the economic development of the urban core. Levitt Pavilion Dayton is a space where everyone is welcome, and through the power of music, we realize we are more alike than we are different. Through education and outreach efforts, we are creating future generations of artists and lifting the voices of our youth through music. We also saw that we need to meet people where they are and are providing pop up concerts specifically in marginalized and divested neighborhoods. The video wall provides the ability to promote the season along with providing value to our corporate sponsors and donors that support the concert season. The enhancements needed for additional storage and a concession area will help to support the customer experience and provide earned revenue for sustainability as this was not considered in the original construction. We are looking at upcycling a shipping container for this use. We have not received that final bid at the time of this submission, hence the omission of a budget.
For the capital campaign to build Levitt Pavilion Dayton the state budget provided $500,000 and was sponsored by Representative Blackshear in 2017 and then awarded $50,000 in the 2023 capital budget, thanks again to the support from Representative Blackshear.