Writer Kurt Vonnegut was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, and the city of his birth had a profound impact on him. Vonnegut is an influential writer of the 20th century. He wrote fourteen books, three collections of short fiction, plays, and essays. Vonnegut’s main publisher, Random House, estimates that eleven million copies of Vonnegut’s books are currently in print.
The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library (KVML) is dedicated to championing free expression and common decency by upholding the legacy of Vonnegut. KVML champions Vonnegut and the principles he advocated by operating a museum, by hosting arts and humanities programming, and by conducting outreach to audiences in Indianapolis and beyond.
In 2011, KVML opened a museum to share about Vonnegut’s life and work and provide public programming around common decency and free expression. Recently, KVML’s lease expired, and the organization signed a purchase agreement for a permanent home at 543 Indiana Avenue.
Help KVML raise the $1.5 million it needs to relocate to 543 Indiana Avenue, renovate the building, install new exhibitions, and implement new programming. The new location will feature a Slaughterhouse-Five exhibition, a Freedom of Expression exhibition, a Vonnegut & Jazz exhibition, voter registration kiosks, and exhibitions of the organization’s large collection of Vonnegut artifacts and memorabilia, currently being held in safekeeping by the Indiana State Museum and the Indiana Historical Society.
This is a big deal and a big undertaking, and we can’t do this alone. Please give to KVML’s A Community Thrives campaign and help it continue to provide quality programming and experiences for the Indianapolis community and all those who visit the city.
Your Donation’s Impact:
$25: Provides the purchase and care needed for one book in the lending library collection that is part of "Kurt's Study" room in the new building
$40: Funds 50 printed guides to KVML’s new exhibitions
$60: Provides five hours of staff time to help register voters in KVML’s new voter registration kiosks
$100: Provides free admission to ten veterans as part of KVML’s grand opening celebration
$500: Covers the cost of the musicians performing at our grand opening
$750: Creates a 9th-12th grade curriculum for KVML’s new Slaughterhouse-Five exhibition
$1,000: Provides national-level digital advertising for marketing the new building
$5,000: Provides paint and other materials and equipment needed to help artist Pamela Bliss create a large mural for our exterior wall and to incorporate the mural into our literature.
$10,000: Covers the cost of KVML’s moving expenses to 543 Indiana Ave.