THIS JUST IN: Signs are positive to ‘Keep Ann Dancing’

The Keep Ann Dancing dance party raised more than $5,000, as it signaled the end to the crowdfunding campaign to ensure the future of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail’s most popular piece of public art.

And though the campaign hasn’t yet met its $262,800 goal, leaders of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail continue to be upbeat about the possibilities. The lofty dollar amount represents what it costs to replace the electronic sculpture – never intended to be a permanent piece – and 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.  

Several media reports showed the post-dance party tally at about $188,000. But Cultural Trail officials emphasize that the funding stream hasn’t dried up.

“There have been so many ways for people to Keep Ann Dancing – from buying Keep Ann Dancing merchandise, buying Ann-inspired drinks at local restaurants and making contributions online and via text,” said Indianapolis Cultural Trail Executive Director, Kären Haley. “Contributions are still coming in through our website and checks are still arriving in the mail. We are going to announce the total amount raised in the coming weeks as gifts continue to come in and all contributions are tallied.”

The Keep Ann Dancing Dance Party presented by Faegre Baker Daniels on June 29 included music from Indianapolis DJs DJ BK, DJ Wild Woman, DJ Metognome, DJ Gabby Love and DJ Action Jackson. Over 500 people attended the public and family friendly dance party on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail at Mass Ave and Alabama Street.

Ann Dancing, by Julian Opie, is the oldest piece of art on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene and Marilyn. Haley is encouraging people to share their favorite Ann Dancing memory and images using #KeepAnnDancing as well as follow @KeepAnnDancing on all social media channels.