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Thousands needed to 'Keep Ann Dancing:' Campaign to help Mass Ave art installation begins

Posted at 3:33 PM, May 30, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Cultural needs more than 260,000 to Keep Ann Dancing.

The organization Thursday announced a campaign to upgrade and maintain “Ann Dancing,” the oldest piece of public art on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.

“Ann Dancing” has been at the corner of Mass Ave and Alabama and Vermont streets. It was designed by British artist Julian Opie.

“Ann Dancing” was initially supposed to be a temporary installation in 2008, but its popularity has stayed strong for the past decade. Temporary fixes to the installation are not sustainable, a representative from the Cultural Trail said Thursday.

“We’ve done our best to keep her dancing,” Indianapolis Cultural Trail Executive Director Kären Haley said. “There’s a lot of electrical tape, there’s a lot of wires. There’s a lot of work that has gone into keeping her dancing for as we have.”

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail has begun a campaign to raise $262,800 by June 29. The money will go toward purchasing new display units designed for 24-hour use, as well as long-term maintenance needs.

Over the span of the campaign, “Ann Dancing” will travel the city to allow others to see the art.

For more information on the campaign, and to learn how to donate,click here.