Harold Levine, of Westport, will be honored for his contributions to arts programs for inner-city Bridgeport youth before a benefit performance by the Alvin Ailey dance troupe on Sunday, March 10, at the Westport Country Playhouse.
A reception for Levine is planned at 5 p.m., and will be followed at 7 by the Ailey II dance performance. Proceeds will benefit Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County, the nonprofit which Levine served as a volunteer for a quarter-century.
Tickets for Ailey II range from $50 to $150. Tickets for the reception in the playhouse's White Barn, plus VIP seating for the performance, are $225.
A longtime advertising executive, Levine recently stepped down as chairman of Neighborhood Studios, formerly known as the Music and Arts Center for Humanity. As chairman, Levine implemented an Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater program for middle school youth, the AileyCamp.
Levine was the organization's chairman for seven years and served on its board for 25 years. He played a role in leasing Neighborhood Studio's facility on Washington Avenue in Bridgeport and in obtaining federal money to renovate it. In addition to arranging summer programs, Levine worked with Bridgeport school officials to bring art, music and dance programs to the schools.
Levine retired from the advertising business in 1991, but still speaks to business groups throughout the United States and Europe about the advertising industry, education and multicultural relations.
He is chairman emeritus of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The Bridgeport Ailey camp is one of only six in the country.
Tickets are available at the playhouse box office, at 203-227-4177, or by visiting www.westportplayhouse.com.