The 2021 Imagine Mural Festival will bring together collaborative teams of interdisciplinary artists to create multimedia art installations in the downtown Louisville blocks adjacent to the Muhammad Ali Center. The central theme of this year’s Imagine Mural Festival is We are the Home of the Greatest…, which celebrates the legacy of Muhammad Ali, the city from which he hailed, and the only place in the world that is charged with preserving and sharing his legacy with the world.
Two of the multimedia murals are being installed on walls at the Repurposed Lot at 621 W. Main Street and the third mural will be located on the Riverfront Garage at 141 N. Sixth Street. The multimedia murals will include traditional mural art and other associated content in a variety of disciplines (including visual, literary, spoken word, poetry, music, and film) that will be accessible via QR codes.
The festival will coincide with the premiere of PBS’s new Muhammad Ali mini-documentary series celebrating the life and legacy of Louisville’s own Muhammad Ali. The new four-part documentary is directed by acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns and will air on KET on September 19-22, 8:00-10:00 p.m. ET. Interdisciplinary murals will be created in the weeks leading up to the PBS premiere and will be unveiled at a festival event on September 18, 2021, part of an Ali Premiere Week series of events that will also include a free in-person screening event hosted by KET and the final national virtual conversation around the film.
The 2021 festival is the second iteration of the Imagine Mural Festival, which had its inaugural year in 2019. The festival grew out of the Imagine Greater Louisville cultural plan and it showcased local, national, and international artistic talent by bringing a variety of traditional murals to Louisville’s historic Smoketown neighborhood.
All Imagine Mural Festival events have been canceled, but the murals will still be completed.