In the Heart of the Beast will reduce operations in 2019

On January 9th we announced that HOBT plans to significantly reduce its operations in 2019, representing cuts to staff and programming. This is difficult news to share, and we imagine it will be difficult for some to hear.

Please know that HOBT’s Staff and board are working on identifying possible futures to continue the organization’s work using puppetry and mask performance as tools for social and environmental justice.

HOBT has accomplished tremendous things in its 45-year history. None of this would be possible without the support of neighbors, donors, partner organizations, foundations, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. With ongoing support, we believe that HOBT’s vision, values, and work will persist.

You, our neighbors and supporters, have been the most important part of HOBT’s work over the past 45 years. We are deeply grateful for the many ways you’ve contributed over the years.

Learn More

Read on to find details on how you can contribute in this precarious moment, a longer exploration of the challenges we are facing right now, and more.


How You Can Help

  • Give Your Financial Support
    • Give any amount here
    • Hire HOBT to bring an arts residency to your school, park, or place of worship.
    • Rent the Avalon for events up to 200 people. Beer and wine service available.
    • Buy tickets to Puppet Lab and Puppet Cabaret events this spring!
  • Give Your Time
    • MayDay relies on 1000 volunteers.  Spend just part of your MayDay (or the days before or after) sharing the scores of tasks that need doing. Sign up here.
  • Give Your Ideas & Input
    • Find more detailed information at, including:
      • A letter from Sandy Spieler reflecting on her last year leading MayDay
      • A deeper explanation of the issues affecting organizations like HOBT
    • Tell us what’s on your mind.  This is big news, and we’d like to hear from you.