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It’s Dan Grossman, writer on arts, faith, & equity.

This week I have an article discussing the electronic sculpture “Ann Dancing” that has gone dark on Mass Ave.  On March 30, the Indianapolis Cultural Foundation, Inc started a website to raise funds for Ann’s repair, but not everyone is on board. Indy artists, in particular, are raising questions about why this repair is so expensive.  

I interviewed two people with different points of view on this story, Kären Haley, executive director of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc., and music producer Wildstyle Paschall. But they both agree on the importance of community participation in the discussions about artwork in the city.  My story, where I venture also forth with my own opinion, is below. How do you feel about Ann? If you like what you see, let us know.

Speaking of artwork, I had a fun time out on the town on First Friday last week, at the Harrison Center I saw the portraiture and landscape work of Benny Sanders, and the stunning mixed media paintings of Derrick Carter celebrating the beauty of African American history, of African American culture, and of African American bodies.There was also a group show at Gallery 924 featuring buttons, which was very cool. There was also a thought-provoking group show at Indiana Landmarks Center by African American artists titled 400 Years of Inequality. At that show I talked with Michael “Alkemi” Jordan, the artist who painted the Mari Evans mural on Mass Ave.

I’ll try to have a write-up on some of what I saw in coming weeks, along with an article based on my talk with Associate Curator of American Art Kelli Morgan.

I’m excited about our new theme-based website. I’m hoping you’ll take a look, and if you like what you see, become a member.

Until next time,