The two day grand opening celebration of the Muhammad Ali Center culminated with a Public Dedication and Community event on the Belvedere in downtown Louisville. The ceremony, which was free and open to the public, featured musical performances, poetry readings, and other artistic presentations that symbolized Ali’s core values and
Muhammad Ali was joined by family, friends, colleagues, and admirers from 12 countries and 32 states in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky to celebrate the grand opening of the Muhammad Ali Center. Based on the iconic life and contribution of the boxer known as “The Greatest” and recipient of the
Tibetan Monks of the Drepung Gomang Monastery created a beautiful sacred piece of art to be presented to the Muhammad Ali Center during their visit to Louisville August 22-30, 2005. The Mandala was a gift of friendship from Nobel Peace Prize Winner the Dalai Lama to United Nations Messenger of
Cultural Buzz offered education games and activities that were interactive and entertaining. By participating in the online site, Cultural Buzz, youths from around the world could learn to bridge human difference. They could explore other cultures and enhance skills that promote individual well-being and healthy interpersonal relationships.
The Muhammad Ali Center partnered with the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts on “Brown Butterﬂy,” a stunning mixture of music, dance, and multimedia that paid tribute to Muhammad Ali. The Muhammad Ali Council of Students (M.A.C.C.S) wrote and performed a special pre-show presentation called “It’s In Your Hands,” and
On June 30, 2003, representatives from the Muhammad Ali Center, Louisville Metro Government, and Morton’s, The Steakhouse announced the Muhammad Ali Center building and plaza design plans. For the ﬁrst time, the “wrapping” of the building—a series of colored ceramic tiles suggesting a montage of images of Muhammad Ali when
The construction of the Muhammad Ali Center moved one step further in 2003, when the organization announced the composition of its management team that oversaw the Center’s building project. The unique team consisted of four construction management ﬁrms, including three minority-owned companies from Louisville: David Cosby and Associates, King Bridgeman