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IMAGINE MURAL FESTIVAL EVENTS CANCELED; MURALS STILL UNDERWAY
The Imagine Murals are still in production despite the cancellation of related events due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
LOUISVILLE, KY (September 15, 2021) Fund for the Arts (FFTA) is announcing the cancellation of events associated with the 2021 Imagine Mural Festival due to public health and safety concerns caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic. However, murals are still under production. The festival events were scheduled to take place on September 18 from 12:00 – 6:00 PM and September 19 at 2:00 and 3:30 PM.
The new Muhammad Ali documentary film, directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon, will air on PBS nationwide, and locally on KET, on September 19-22 from 8:00-10:00 p.m. ET. This documentary tells the story of Louisville’s own Muhammad Ali and celebrates his greatness.
The theme for the Imagine murals is “We Are the Home of the Greatest…” and they will highlight the central message of the PBS documentary while also celebrating the greatness that emanates from Ali’s hometown and the people who live here.
The arts play a crucial role in helping the community to heal during a difficult time. Public art, in particular, enriches our environments, connects people to their neighborhoods, celebrates our shared histories, and makes art more accessible to all. Fund for the Arts is grateful to their partners, PBS and JP Morgan Chase, for making it possible to bring these murals to the Louisville community regardless of the canceled events.
On Saturday, September 18 video content will be viewable from the windows at the Fund for the Arts lobby (623 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202), which is adjacent to the Repurposed lot where two of the murals are being installed. This content will include previews of PBS’s Muhammad Ali documentary film.
The interdisciplinary artist teams creating the murals are Healing Walls Project, Moth Hands, and Creatives of Color Collective. The murals will be in production throughout the weekend on September 18 and 19. Community members are welcome to witness the creation of the murals from a safe distance without gathering in large groups.
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.
About Fund for the Arts
Fund for the Arts is a regional nonprofit with the mission to maximize the impact of the arts on economic development, education, and quality of life in our community. The Fund is a convener, promoter, leader, and driver of Imagine Greater Louisville 2025, the region’s arts and cultural plan. It facilitates the largest arts grant program in Kentucky as well as conducts one of the oldest united arts campaigns in the country. For more information, visit www.fundforthearts.org.