An attraction honoring one of Indiana’s most celebrated native sons is planning to move. The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library is looking to raise $750,000 for a new, permanent home. The nonprofit says it has identified a location in the city’s Mass Ave District that would quadruple its current space and allow for additional exhibition and programming options. The fundraising deadline is July 1 and Chief Executive Officer Julia Whitehead says there is a long way to go.
She is optimistic supporters will step up. "This is our chance to really get the word out nationally. We’ll be doing a Kickstarter campaign beginning June 1st. We had a national comedian come in about a week ago to do a video for us, a video tour of the building, so we really think this will be a good opportunity to raise our profile nationally."
The museum and cultural resource center is currently in a building owned by Indianapolis-based Katz & Korin PC. Whitehead says the company has also been instrumental in helping track down a permanent home. The present location is being sold. Whitehead says owners of the potential future spot are also pushing for the move.
Whitehead says about $150,000 has been raised so far.
Chief Executive Officer Julia Whitehead tells Inside INdiana Business the targeted neighborhood has special meaning to the high-profile author.