Kurt Vonnegut was an American author, famous for such works as Cat’s Cradle and Slaughterhouse Five. We have adopted his name because of his inspiring attitude towards the creative arts. His passion is particularly clear in a wonderful letter written to school children at Xavier High School in New York City in 2006 in which he encouraged the students there to ‘practice any art’.
Practice any art...
...music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow. Seriously! I mean starting right now, do art and do it for the rest of your lives.
Don Farber (Kurt’s closest friend and attorney, acting in this instance on behalf of the Vonnegut Trust) has kindly given us permission to use the name on the following conditions:
“There will be no charge, except if you do a performance, I would appreciate it if you display 4 of Kurt’s books and after the performance give them to a charity or library…If you ever get super famous like the Beatles or Sinatra and start making all kinds of money you can contribute 10% of the profits to the Trust. I am not counting on it, but for your sake it would be nice…”