The next Louisville Life, hosted by Candyce Clifft, explores 21c Hotel, the Vintage Fire Museum and Safety Education Center, Rev. Dr. Kevin W. Cosby, and the Muhammad Ali Center. The program premieres Saturday, April 27 at 7/6 p.m. on KET and Thursday, May 2 at 7:30/6:30 p.m. on KET2.
The founders of 21c Museum Hotel created a phenomenon when they opened their flagship property in downtown Louisville in 2006. Less than ten years later, they’ve opened properties in Cincinnati and Bentonville, AR, and they have plans for two more, once of which is in Lexington. Louisville Life sits down with founder Steve Wilson and director of arts programming Alice Gray Stites to talk about 21c’s runaway success and how they’re charting the future.
Next, the program explores the Vintage Fire Museum in New Albany, which serves to collect, preserve and display firefighting equipment of national significance. As a fire engine enthusiast, Fred Conway opened the museum Vintage Fire Engines in 1999. Three months later, Conway passed away, and for many years, his collection remained behind locked doors. In 2009, the New Albany Fire Museum group formed with an interest in purchasing the Conway collection and creating a new museum.
This Louisville Life program also visits the Muhammad Ali Center. The center’s innovative and immersive visitor experience, public programming, and global initiatives carry on Ali’s ideals and continue his life’s work. In its short history, the center has developed programming that serves children and adults, reaching those of all cultures, nationalities, ages and geographic areas.
In the studio, Clifft talks with Rev. Dr. Kevin W. Cosby, senior pastor of St. Stephen Church and president of Simmons College. Cosby has served at St. Stephen Church since 1979, and under his leadership, it has grown to approximately 10,000 members and has been recognized as one of the top 100 largest churches in America. He has been the subject of many national articles and documentaries, which consistently list him among the most powerful and influential leaders in Kentucky.
Louisville Life is a KET production, produced and directed by Gary Pahler. Jayne McClew is co-producer, and Angelic Phelps is associate producer.
More information about Louisville Life, including streaming video, is available at ket.org/loulife.