Category Archives: Fundraising

Lit Youngstown Receives Relief Grants!

Please join us in thanking Ohio Humanities and Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley for the award of grants to help offset programming cancellations due to the COVID-19 crisis.

The Arts & Culture Crisis Relief Challenge Grant from the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley will match up to $2500 of contributions raised in a special fundraiser by July 20.

We will also receive $3800 from the Ohio Humanities, part of the federal CARES Act of 2020 administered by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

 

Birdbath Raffle!

Back by popular demand! And with gratitude to sculptor Tony Armeni, we are again raffling a gorgeous birdbath. You can see it in person and purchase tickets at Westside Bowl!

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The winner will receive delivery and installation (local) or shipping to anywhere in the continental U.S. (The ring is for stability and is meant to lie below mulch.)

The winning ticket will be drawn on Sunday, July 12. We are blue that there will be no Summer Festival of the Arts this year, but we support YSU’s decision to promote safe summer activities. And what is safer than birdwatching?

Tickets cost 2 for $5.00. Proceeds will be split between the artist and Lit Youngstown. Stop by Westside Bowl, click on the PayPal/credit card link below, or mail a check made payable to Lit Youngstown/323 Wick Ave. #9/Youngstown, 44503.

Thank you!

Armeni Birdbath Raffle

Take a chance on winning an elegant birdbath by Youngstown metals sculptor Tony Armeni. Proceeds help support our literary programming. Two tickets for $5.00 Good luck!

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Lit Youngstown Presents Whitman & Brass

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THIS EVENT WILL BE RESCHEDULED. PLEASE HOLD ONTO YOUR TICKETS, OR CONTACT LITYOUNGSTOWN@GMAIL.COM FOR A REFUND.

Join us for Whitman & Brass: a celebration of America’s iconic poet and the music of his generation. Sunday, March 22 from 2:00-5:00, Purple Cat Theatre, 220 W. Boardman St. in downtown Youngstown.

Lit Youngstown hosts an afternoon of Walt Whitman readings by Kelly Bancroft, Timothy Francisco, Jeanine Rees & Steven Reese, and period pieces performed by Susan Sexton’s brass quartet: Susan Sexton & John Veneskey on trumpet; Jonathan Willis & Eric Rowles on trombone.
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Literature-inspired refreshments will be served. Ticket and raffle proceeds will benefit Lit Youngstown. Advance tickets $35 here until March 15, $40 at the door. Also available from Lit Youngstown.

Whitman & Brass

Join us at 2:00 Sunday, March 22 at the Purple Cat Theatre in a celebration of America’s iconic poet and the music of his generation, played by highly acclaimed local musicians.

whitmanLit Youngstown hosts an afternoon of Walt Whitman readings by Kelly Bancroft, Tim Francisco, Jeanine Rees & Steve Reese, and period pieces performed by Susan Sexton’s brass quartet, Susan Sexton & John Veneskey on trumpet, Jonathan Willis & Eric Rowles on trombone.
Literature-inspired refreshments will include green eggs and ham, chocolate bars with golden tickets and handmade brassfortune cookies. Literary Themed Raffle benefits Lit Youngstown.
Sunday, March 22, Purple Cat Theatre, 220 W. Boardman St. Doors open at 2:00. Admission advance $35, available here until March 15; $40 at the door.

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2019 Annual Report

We published our 2019 Annual Report! Thanks to all–you put the light in Lit Youngstown. There were so many to thank, our hearts are full. We hope we haven’t forgotten anyone, but if we did, please let us know.

Lit Youngstown Turns 5!!!!!

Five years! It’s gone by in a flash. Let’s take a moment to celebrate all we’ve done together. And then let’s have a party!

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Jeffrey Murphy, Laura Grace Weldon, Jeanne Bryner & David Lee Garrison at the dedication of the Words Made Visible poetry-in-sidewalk squares

Since January of 2015 we have hosted nearly 400 writers, celebrating local talent and  visiting writers who have won prestigious awards. Local writers from age 6 to their 80s have shared poems and stories at open mics. (Photos: Mary Biddinger & Mary Quade, Lena Carson, Yahia Tahat, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Jimmy Sutman, Marjorie Maddox) Continue reading

Summer Festival of the Arts!


Summer Festival of the Arts is one of our favorite events of the year! We’ll be there with the “Where I’m From” poem template, in anticipation of Fall Literary Festival visiting writer George Ella Lyon and her international project.

We’ll also have paper sidewalk squares for visitors to decorate, in celebration of our poems stamped in sidewalk squares, part of the Words Made Visible project. We’ll dedicate them and introduce the poets at the Fall Literary Festival. Continue reading