There is much to admire about the work of Doug Levitt as he has looked to address some of the most pressing social concerns in the U.S. through his “The Greyhound Diaries’ art project. The multimedia project can be found Online or viewed in person through one of the many live performances Doug embarks on as he continues his bus journey’s that allow him to interact with people on the hard lines of U.S. society battling to better their lives.
Doug Levitt has remained amazed at the range of people he has met on the more than 120,000 miles of bus trips he has taken after embarking on a short journey to find inspiration in 2004. ‘The Greyhound Diaries’ have become a passion for Doug Levitt who quickly saw the effects of the 2008 economic downturn long before they became clear to the public at large; Doug believes these issues can still be seen as the effects of the recession linger on for many seeking a better life and an escape from poverty.
Interviews with Doug Levitt reveal he has met people from all social and religious groups during his journeys by bus that form part of his project, he claims he has seen both the good and bad sides of the U.S. on his journey’s that have given him a glimpse of a world rarely reported on. The U.S. has a long history of musicians and authors heading out on road trips designed to provide inspiration for their art; Levitt believes his work can bring some reality to the many figures provided by the media and government agencies about the problem of poverty in the heart of the U.S.
After embarking on his career as an artist Doug Levitt has seen his work of ‘The Greyhound Diaries’ provide him with a wide range of live performance options; among the iconic venues Doug has performed at are the Woody Guthrie Center, The Kennedy Center, and the University of Southern California. The advocacy work Doug Levitt has now undertaken fighting against the rising levels of poverty in the U.S. has also seen him perform at homeless shelters throughout the nation.