The 2024 Ignite Louisville program is now accepting applications.
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At the end of the program teams present their project to a panel in an effort to win grant money for their nonprofit partner. | Photo by Kaitlyn Clay
Ignite Louisville, a competitive leadership program by the Leadership Louisville Center, is accepting applications for its 2024 class. Since 2004, Ignite Louisville has helped young professionals further their careers during a six-month program that includes classroom instruction, hands-on learning, and a retreat.

Think of it as a masterclass for leadership. Accepted participants will learn skills to make them a better team member and leader — plus the experience looks great on a resume. The program is designed for mid-level leaders (ages 25-45) looking to take their career to the next level or make an impact within their current company or community.

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Ignite Louisville includes hands-on leadership learning experience.


Photo by Kaitlyn Clay

To give you a better picture of Ignite Louisville, the class of Spring 2023 included Louisvillians from companies and organizations like Humana, Louisville Public Media, Jefferson County Public Schools, and the Muhammad Ali Center.

Here’s a deeper look at what you’ll do:
  • Attend an opening two-day retreat.
  • Learn from credentialed trainers from LeadingBetter™ + leaders from some of Louisville’s most successful companies — like Brown-Forman — on topics like innovation, creative thinking, and DEI.
  • Hear from corporate and nonprofit leaders from around the region.
  • Partner with a local nonprofit on a project and compete for grant money during the Ignite Louisville Challenge.
Tuition costs $4,200 for the class, which takes place at various locations around the city from October 2023 to April 2024, but tuition assistance is available if your employer is unable to support your participation. Applications are due Saturday, July 29.

A free virtual info session will be on Wednesday, June 7, 11-11:30 a.m. for interested people to get a feel for the experience — just be sure to register. Can’t make the session? Reach out to Engagement Manager Sara Brown.
Who is your favorite Louisville leader?

A. Muhammad Ali
B. Diane Sawyer
C. Denny Crum
D. Jennifer Lawrence
E. Ed Hamilton
Wednesday, May 24
  • Guy’s Grocery Games Watch Party | Wednesday, May 24 | 7:30-10 p.m. | TEN20 Craft Brewery, 1020 E. Washington St., Louisville | Free | Cheer on Louisville chef Ashlee Northington of Happy Belly Bistro at the premiere of her “Guy’s Grocery Games” episode on Food Network.
  • LouCity vs. FC Tulsa | Wednesday, May 24 | 7:30 p.m. | Lynn Family Stadium, 350 Adams St., Louisville | $19-$166 | Don’t miss happy hour with $2 hot dogs and beer!*
Thursday, May 25
  • ACS Pet Gala Brunch by Night | Thursday, May 25 | 6-9 p.m. | Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S. Peterson Ave., Louisville | $125 | Dig into an upscale breakfast spread for dinner with raffles and a bourbon pull to benefit the Animal Care Society.
Friday, May 26
  • Kentucky Flea Market Memorial Day Spectacular | Friday, May 26-Monday, May 29 | Times vary | Kentucky Exposition Center, 937 Phillips Ln., Louisville | Free | Browse over 500 booths packed with antiques, collectibles, and clothing + shop the $5-and-under overstock sale.
  • Quiet Hollers | Friday, May 26 | 7 p.m. | The Whirling Tiger, 1335 Story Ave., Louisville | $15 | Catch this Louisville band known for their genre-bending indie music.
Saturday, May 27
  • 90’s Drag Brunch | Saturday, May 27 | 1:45-6:30 p.m. | Le Moo, 2300 Lexington Rd., Louisville | $43 | Relive the 1990s through its top songs performed by local queens.
  • Enchanted Paint Night | Saturday, May 27 | 5 p.m. | Mellwood Art Center, 1860 Mellwood Ave., Louisville | $45 | Paint a masterpiece with guidance from a professional + enjoy a cupcake during the class.
  • May Biergarten | Saturday, May 27 | 6-10 p.m. | German American Club, 1840 Lincoln Ave., Louisville | Free | Drink German-style beers from a stein on the patio + dig into classic German dishes like schnitzel and sausages.
Monday, May 29
  • Mayor’s Hike, Bike and Paddle | Monday, May 29 | 8 a.m.-12 p.m. | Waterfront Park, 1101 E. River Rd., Louisville | Free | Join the mayor for this annual active event on Memorial Day.
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News Notes
  • New York-style pizza joint The Post is expanding into the Highlands. The Germantown-based restaurant is planning to open a takeout-only location at 1759 Bardstown Rd. — formerly known as Rawnaissance Desserts. Its new neighbors, Pivot Brewing Co. + Darling’s cocktail bar, can expect The Post to be open sometime later this year. (Food & Dining)
  • Comedian Fortune Feimster, known for her self-deprecating humor about growing up in the South, is bringing her tour “Live Laugh Love” to the Brown Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 2. Tickets start at $34.52 for balcony seats. We love her stand-up bit about eating at Hooters as a kid.
  • The Louisville Ballet’s 2023-2024 season is all about Kentucky. Dubbed “Season of the Commonwealth,” performances include five ballets highlighting our state’s history, voices, and creativity. Season tickets are on sale and shows begin in October with a production of “Giselle” — an Appalachian ballad of love and betrayal.
  • This week is the American Public Works Association’s National Public Works Week — now in its 63rd year. Louisville Metro Public Works will celebrate this Thursday, May 25 at the Louisville Zoo during its Touch-A-Truck event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. where kids can play inside a payloader.
  • On Sunday, May 28, Hauck’s Corner in Schnitzelburg will celebrate what would have been George Hauck’s 103rd birthday. The neighborhood bar and restaurant will recreate the historic “ice cream kids” photo in front of the former, legendary Hauck’s Handy Store + dish out free ice cream starting at 1 p.m.
  • A new nonstop flight from SDF to Raleigh-Durham, NC has been added by Breeze Airways, a low-fare airline. One-way flights start at $55. In addition to the new route, the airline also added a one-stop, no-change-of-plane BreezeThru service to Jacksonville, FL for LOU.
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📽️ Roll out the red carpet
A former ambulance redesigned to look like a VHS tape sleeve.
The CineBus’ retro movie design was created by Louisville artist Tiffany Woodard. | Photo by Louisville Downtown Partnership
On Monday, the Downtown Louisville Partnership unveiled its Downtown CineBus, a decommissioned ambulance-turned-mobile-projection-studio.

The former ambulance — now designed to look like a VHS tape sleeve — was donated by Louisville Metro and retrofitted with software and equipment to project movies and be used for art and laser shows. The project was spearheaded by the 2021 Downtown Revitalization Team, coordinated by Louisville projection artist Ryan Daly, and made possible by donations from:
  • Owsley Brown II Family Foundation
  • Owsley Brown III Foundation
  • Brooke Brown Barzun Foundation
  • Sociable Weaver Foundation
The CineBus will make its debut on Friday, June 9 during the first night of the Downtown Drive-In outdoor movie series — a free, monthly event at Waterfront Park’s Brown-Forman Amphitheatre through October.

The first film shown will be “Shrek,” which will start at sundown. Ten20 Craft Brewery will also be there slinging snacks and beer for purchase.
The Wrap
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From the editor
If you liked that clip about Fortune Fiemster’s childhood memories of Hooters, you’re going to love her bit about the time she joined the swim team. I relate too hard to her eating Fun Dip poolside as I also spent my summers in elementary school on the Clarksville Cove swim team — also eating Fun Dip.
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