Renowned author Kurt Vonnegut took an unflinching look at the world, tempered with a satirical eye and sardonic sense of humor. In honor of his wit and wisdom, the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library champions the literary, artistic, and cultural contributions of the late writer, artist, teacher, and Indianapolis native Kurt Vonnegut. The library and museum serve as a cultural and educational resource unique to the nation.
For the past few months, we’ve asked, and asked, and asked some more, and you’ve given, and given, and given some more. As the clock ticked toward a midnight deadline on May 15, we met our goal earlier than expected. We cheered, and cried, and gave thanks to each and every one of you who helped us secure the funding for Kurt Vonnegut’s “Forever Home” at 543 Indiana Avenue. More than 1,300 people donated, chipping in everything from a couple dollars to many thousands of dollars. As a bonus, we heard from folks who shared how Kurt’s work or, in some cases, Kurt himself made a difference in your lives. Wow! He touched so many, and you’ve touched us. We are grateful and look forward to sharing our building progress as we move toward a fall opening-day goal.
If you meant to contribute but didn’t get around to it, there are still needs to be met. Additional donations will go toward our exhibitions fund. And, boy, do we have some great exhibitions planned for you! We can’t wait for you to visit us and the new building you helped secure. Thanks to our small staff, our large board, and our giant Vonnegut fan base. As one supporter wrote, “God damn it, you were most definitely kind!”
Cover image: IBJ/Jeff Newman via vonnegutlibrary.org.