Muhammad Ali Center features global shoes exhibit - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Museum exhibit teaches kids about different walks of life

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Most wear them every day. More than 100 pairs of shoes are on display at the Muhammad Ali Center to teach kids about different cultures. "Global Shoes" creates a walk-through on production, distribution and function of different cultures through footwear.

Those who work at the center said they believe it is a great way for children to have a hands-on, feet-in experience.

"Shoes tell a story, whether it's from Iceland to China to Mongolia to the United States, shoes tell something about our culture, they tell something about our surroundings," said Jeanie Kahnke, Senior Director of Public Relations and External Affairs at the Muhammad Ali Center.

Some from thousands of miles away donated their wearable artifacts to allow others to "walk a mile" in their shoes.

Children can "purchase" the materials from around the globe and then design the shoes in the factory. There is also a "fantasy shoe store" where kids can try on cultures from 16 different countries.

Kahnke said the bilingual exhibit is on loan from the Brooklyn Children's Museum and will run through July 7. Kahnke said they have teamed up with the Water Step organization to help the non-profit. Admission for adults is $9, but for a donation of shoes, adults can get in for $7. Admission for children is $7.

If you are looking to help, you might be able to get in for free. Kahnke said they are looking for volunteers between the following hours: Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. - 5 p.m., Sundays from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. and 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.; and weekdays between 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

For more information, visit the volunteer site for the Muhammad Ali Center or Metro United Way.

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