Please Donate

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre is made possible by YOUR donations! Whether you give in support of MayDay, the Education Program or simply because you love In the Heart of the Beast: THANK YOU for your generous support!

*HOBT is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and your gift is 100% tax deductible.

"Roy McBride is an original. I usually think of him as a master of time and space. Like any good jazzman worthy of the skin he lived in and the air he breathed, Roy had his own voice that could not be mistaken for anyone elses. No guesswork there if you have ears to hear and heart that beats"

- Louis Alemayehu (Poet, Musician, Educator, Community Elder)


Two years ago In the Heart of the Beast Theatre initiated the Roy McBride Scholarship Fund to honor the legacy and memory of our beloved co-worker Roy McBride. The purpose of this scholarship is to support the “in-depth, hands-on” training of MayDay intern artists who mirror the rich diversity of our immediate South Minneapolis neighborhood. We have focused on selecting artists of color who are passionate about Activist and Celebration Art/Art for Environmental and Social Justice and passionate about the role of Art as a vital community and cultural engine of love.

Roy McBride was a Minneapolis poet, teacher, musician and MayDay lover. In the Heart of the Beast has set up a fund in his name to train the next generation of MayDay artists. The Roy McBride Scholarship Fund supports the work of paid MayDay intern artists who represent the rich diversity of the Phillips and Powderhorn Neighborhoods.

We want to ensure MayDay is around for another 43 years, and your support of this fund will help these artists take on that responsibility!

From all of us at In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater


THANK YOU to our funders and friends!

Many thanks to the hundreds of individuals who have joined Heartbeats, made monthly sustaining gifts, made Give to the Max donations, and contributed time and resources to support HOBT programming this year. The Board, Staff, Artists and Volunteers sincerely THANK YOU for your continuing generosity.

National Endowment for the Arts

Minnesota State Arts Board – Operating Support

Minnesota State Arts Board – Arts Access Program

Jerome Foundation

McKnight Foundation

Hugh J. Andersen Foundation

HRK Foundation

Wells Fargo Community Foundation

Still Ain’t Satisfied


Fidelity Charitable Funds

Community Shares of Minnesota

Troutman-Blumenshine Family Fund

Cy and Paula DeCosse Fund

Phoebe and Maureen Trepp – Minnesota Community Foundation

Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association Inc.

Mississippi Watershed Management Organization

One Minneapolis Fund