The Indianapolis Cultural Trail Inc. has announced a campaign to preserve the oldest piece of public art on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. The organization has launched a fundraiser on social media titled "Keep Ann Dancing" to raise money for the popular Mass Ave installment.
Ann Dancing by British artist Julian Opie is over a decade old and was originally slated to be temporary installment. The fundraising goal to Keep Ann Dancing is $262,800 to support a complete hardware and technology upgrade and a maintenance fund for the electronic piece of art.
“Ann Dancing is a shining example of how accessible and engaging public art can build community, create engaging public spaces and improve quality of life. Art on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail is free and accessible for everyone to enjoy and experience 365 days a year,” said Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc. Executive Director Kären Haley in a news release. “Ann Dancing has been dancing with all of us, non-stop, and outside in the elements for more than ten years and she needs significant upgrades to keep dancing for many more. She is a piece of art, but she is also a piece of technology. Imagine if you still had your same mobile phone from ten years ago.”
During the four week campaign, Ann will be at events through June around the city and visiting places outside of her home on Mass Ave.