As Executive Director of the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, Sharon Yazowski provides visionary leadership in fulfilling the foundation’s mission to strengthen the social fabric of America by empowering communities to transform underused, outdoor spaces into welcoming destinations through the power of free, live music. She is the chief spokesperson for the organization and travels the country to share the impact of Levitt programs and creative placemaking. Her passionate commitment to the arts as a vehicle for positive change in communities has guided the strategic growth of Levitt programs nationwide, including the development of innovative public and private partnerships.
Sharon’s career began working with arts nonprofits in metropolitan Chicago. She earned a Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University with a concentration in arts and business management.
Prior to her current position, Sharon was the founding Executive Director of Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles at MacArthur Park. Her work there and the venue’s impact in the community earned her the recognition of “Los Angeles Park Hero” by the City of Los Angeles. Sharon is often an invited speaker at regional and national conferences. This including: the National Main Street Conference, Grantmakers in the Arts, National Brownfields Training Conference, National Consortium for Creative Placemaking, Association for Performing Arts Presenters, National Recreation and Parks Association Conference, National Outdoor Recreation Conference, Art of Placemaking Conference, Growing Sustainable Communities Conference, Music Cities Convention, EcoDistricts Summit, Walk/Bike/Places, and the National Association of Development Organizations, among many more.
The Power of Free Concerts
March 29, 2019