We received the full matching fund!

We asked our community to donate $30,000 by the end of June 2024.

And you did!

Thanks to the generosity of the Minneapolis Foundation and a small group of anonymous donors, the first $30,000 that we raised toward the Save Our Beast campaign was matched dollar-for-dollar.

You doubled your impact, together. Thank you!

That means we are nearly all the way to meeting our larger fundraising goal of $70,000!

You can help get us the rest of the way there!

If you haven’t given yet, there’s still time to join in.

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THank you-SOB

Jake Quatt


Ches Cipriano


Julie Boada


Chelly Beaver


Spencer Arevalo


August 19-23 and August 26-30    9a-12p/1p-4p

1500 East Lake Street- Avalon Theatre

August 19-23, 9a-12p

*Campers will learn to papier mâché, will learn about shadow puppets and will create moving portraits.

Jake Quatt (he/him) is a multi-disciplinary artist from Vermont. He received his B.A in Fine Arts and Journalism from Beloit College in 2019 and moved to Minneapolis in early 2020. Since arriving, his work has progressively become weirder, more experimental, and increasingly full of puppets. He is currently illustrating several books for Madhat press, animating on the automata project for the Science Museum of Minnesota, performing at Weird Stuff Only, and collaborating on a wide array of new and old projects with his partner, Ches Cipriano.

Ches Cipriano (they/them) is a Filipino, Queer, first-generation American. They operate as a community cultivator, radical joy seeker and mixed-media collaborator. Their artistic practice is rooted in puppetry, animation, and tickling curiosities. They treasure community-based art, and you can often find them at In the Heart of the Beast or Open Eye Theatre. They earned their B.A in Theater & Dance with a minor in Performance Design and Technologies from Macalester College in 2020. They are passionate about their intersectionality & equity work in the Twin Cities, collaborating on animations, honing their clown and aerial skills, sailing, & being surprised.

August 19-23, 1p-4p

*Campers will create and perform a puppet show with hand puppets

Julie Boada (she/her) is an Anishinabe artist, storyteller, puppeteer and art educator. She has worked regionally and nationally for the past 32 years, with HOBT, ArtStart and independently. Julie has also worked with the L.A. Music Center, The Minnesota History Center, and The Fergus Falls Center for the Arts. Recent work includes A river Runs Free, Lupita Doesn’t Want to go to Sleep and Puckllay. Julie has received grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and Jerome Foundation. Julie has a B.A. in Studio Arts and American Indian Studies from the University of Minnesota. She is passionate about work that fosters cultural pride and value.

August 26-30, 9a-12p

*Campers will create marionettes our of recycled kitchen materials, will learn about using blacklight with puppetry and make masks

Spencer Arevalo (he/they) is a local puppeteer, theater artist, and educator. Originally from Texas, he received his BA from University of Minnesota Theater Arts Program and has loved and lived in South Minneapolis since. They have a love for environmental sustainability and creating community through puppetry! You may seem them at a local coffee shop, or on their porch with their cats. He is very excited to be a part of the HOBT family and continue to grow with them as an artist.

August 26-30, 1p-4p

*Workshops will include building a crankie, engaging in theatre games, and making puppet marionettes

Chelly Beaver (she/they) is a puppeteer and storyteller from the northern metro with over a decade of storytelling experience and a huge love for children's literature. You can normally find Chelly at HOBT's Puppet and Mask Library the first and third Saturday of each month accompanied by her puppet companion Turnip the Dog. Stop by and join her for a story time or workshop!

Come meet friends and make puppets and stories at HOBT Summer Camp!

4 separate 3-hr sessions - register for one or all!

ALL are welcome. Ages are a suggestion and prior experience is not required.
Suggested ages: 7-12

Half-day camp/per week - $150/per child

** please email Elina Kotlyar at [email protected] with any questions you might have

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Join us for Sip & Puppet!

July 20th 3:30p-5p
Join us to sip beverages while we make puppets. Relaxed atmosphere. Geared towards adults and older teens. Bring friends or meet new ones!
If you would like to host a private Sip and Puppet event, please inquire by sending an email to [email protected]

We host Birthday parties! 

Get a special story time for your birthday, build puppets or explore the masks and puppets at the Puppet Library at your private event!

Please inquire by sending an email to [email protected]

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