As the end of the year approaches, we find ourselves reflecting – looking back and looking forward – considering the past and the future simultaneously. Each of the 40 years of In the Heart of the Beast has been special and this year is no exception.

Sandy Spieler, longtime artistic director, was honored with the prestigious award of Distinguished Artist from McKnight Foundation, Puppet Lab, a program focused on emerging talent in the field, supported a new cohort of artists in the creation of new work, and the Education Program developed deeper partnerships with our neighbors in the Phillips neighborhood.

On the first Sunday of May we took to the streets with giant puppets, floats and bands to bring forth a message of renewal, and courage, celebrating the spring and welcoming tens of thousands of people into the streets of Powderhorn Park. Each year, we gather people from around the neighborhood and from across the country to work collaboratively on this creative endeavor. Together we take the castoffs of the world – old newspapers, left over paint, scraps of wood and cloth – to create an event of beauty and inspiration.

Despite the hardship of these challenging times, we believe we are at the crossroads of change. We are encouraged by the community of people who have come forward with meaningful donations of time and money to support In the Heart of the Beast’s renewal and regrowth.

You can help us rebuild. Every donation matters. Whether it is $5 or $5,000, your gift supports us in our continued service of our mission – to bring people together for the common good through the power of puppet and mask performance.  And, right now, for every dollar you give, the Board and the Still Aint Satisfied Foundation will match your gifts. Thank you! We are so very grateful for your support.

We’d also like to take the opportunity to thank the following organizations for their support of this theater and the Parade: the Bush Foundation, General Mills Foundation, the Hugh J. Andersen Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Seward Co-op, and Target Foundation.