In the 1930’s Mortimer Levitt dropped out of high school to support his family. He founded a successful retail enterprise, and in the 60’s created a family foundation focused on youth and performing arts. He built his first pavilion in Westport Connecticut and subsequently created an innovative a unique philanthropy program to help communities establish their own Levitt music venues. There are six today, from Arlington Texas, to Bethlehem Pennsylvania. All have played a transformational role in reinvigorating parks into a healthy “third space” serving the broader community.