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Fundraising Campaign Will Keep Ann Dancing

Fundraising Campaign Will Keep Ann DancingA fundraising campaign to Keep the Ann Dancing statue dancing on Mass Ave is nearing its end.2019-06-28T00:00:00-04:00
Fundraising Campaign Will Keep Ann Dancing

Ann Dancing, an art installation at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue, Alabama and Vermont streets, has gone dark as it awaits updates. - Emily Cox/WFYI

A fundraising campaign to Keep the Ann Dancing statue dancing on Mass Ave is nearing its end.

Indianapolis Cultural Trail Executive Director Karen Haley says the campaign will wrap up on Saturday with a dance party for the public.

Haley says there was a large public response to the campaign, which she says illustrates the importance of public art.

“The support has not only come in locally, we know our residents love Ann Dancing, this particular piece,  but we’ve had contributions come in from 37 states across the country.”

Ann Dancing, by Julian Opie, is the oldest piece of art on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene and Marilyn.

Installed in January 2008, Ann Dancing is an electronic piece of art and is in need of a full replacement. The fundraising goal is $262,800 in four weeks and includes raising money to replace Ann Dancing, for an Ann Dancing maintenance fund, improvements to the Ann Dancing plaza on the Cultural Trail and funding for future public art on the Cultural Trail.

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The Keep Ann Dancing Dance Party will take place on Saturday, June 29 from 4:00 - 9:00 p.m. The event is free, open to the public and family friendly and includes DJs and dance performances. The dance party location is at Mass Ave and Alabama Street in downtown Indianapolis.

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