Just returned from a visit to Indianapolis and The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library. I was honored to be invited to showcase my illustration project as part of the library's three year anniversary celebration. I truly have no clue where to begin when it comes to describing the trip. To put it simply, it was a darn good time with good folks all around. I had the opportunity to spend time with the people that created the library and work to keep it the special place that it is. Julia, Cindy, and Chris are creative, accomplished, and welcoming. I must say that a tour of the library with Chris as the guide is a real treat. He is a wealth of knowledge and has a way of delivering Vonnegut facts that makes you want to listen to him all day.
We brought our seven year old daughter with us to share the weekend and, while it was predominately an “adult” trip, I do believe that with the help of the library and some really great attendees, we were able to set an amazing example for her. The itinerary consisted of a range of activities; from a panel discussion on civil rights, to an improv comedy show. I think about our trip and my daughter and realize that she got to see what life is all about. On one end of the spectrum, she witnessed people speaking intelligently and passionately about both historical and modern-day civil rights issues… On the other, she got to see (and participate with) a lot of those same folks letting loose while laughing or performing on stage. I will forever be thankful for that.
At the end of the night, Julia (the library’s Executive Director) even shared photos of her beautiful boys with me… a truly wonderful way to end the evening. We went to Indianapolis to share our love for Vonnegut and - in return - got life lessons, friendship, and some good ol’ fashioned laughs.
I am happy to report that the original drawings that made up the entirety of my project now have a permanent home at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library. I donated them along with a number of prints of each drawing. All proceeds from these prints will go to the library and the folks there should have them available real soon. I will also be selling the prints through my website. As soon as I can build the shop site (hopefully by the end of the week), prints from the project will be available to purchase with 10% of each sale going to the library as well. Keep an eye out for that!
Quick Note: I recommend the Crowne Plaza Union Station Hotel while visiting Indianapolis. It's a converted train station. They even offer train car sleeper rooms. The atmosphere is fabulous. I also recommend having dinner at Bluebeard. The name is inspired by the Vonnegut novel. They also serve mighty stiff drinks named after Vonnegut novels and quotes. Good stuff.