Levitt Pavilion Denver is sad to announce the passing of the Levitt Foundation’s namesake and founder, Mimi Levitt, who passed away Sunday at age 97. Mimi, along with her husband Mortimer, were iconic patrons of the arts and their generosity and vision lead to the creation of seven Levitt Pavilions across the country, including the first Pavillion in Westport (CT) which the couple opened in 1974. This hands-on approach to philanthropy and activism were sources for positive social change across America, including here in Denver with our Levitt Pavilion which opened its doors in 2017. These efforts, along with Levitt Foundation’s “AMP”, Series have given the Levitt Foundation the distinction of the largest provider of free music in the country.
Levitt Denver Executive Director, Chris Zacher, who started the nonprofit Friends of Levitt Pavilion Denver in 2012, had this to say about Mimi. “Mimi’s visionary leadership helped bring underutilized Parks across the country back to life through the gift of free music. Mimi will be greatly missed, though her legacy lives on in the work of Levitt Foundation.”
With Levitt Pavilions opening up in Sioux Falls (SD), Dayton (OH) and others, Mimi’s legacy will continue to grow and her mission of increasing access to the arts will flourish.
More about Mimi’s life and legacy can be found here.