Imagine MayDay: 2020 and Beyond

This summer, HOBT’s highest priority is investing in a robust community engagement process to listen deeply to the communities we work with, particularly past and present MayDay artists, artists who have felt left out of the MayDay process, Southside BIPOC artists, queer & nonbinary artists, neighborhood organizations in the Phillips and Powderhorn neighborhoods, and you, someone who cares about MayDay’s future.

This commitment is at the core of a set of goals for HOBT to build an Equity Framework, to decentralize MayDay and to build a more resilient structure for the organization.

To read our full plan and public invitation click here. 


Community Update Meeting

September 11th 6-8:30pm at HOBT
Light snacks and drinks provided

Join HOBT for a public meeting to update the community on our work this summer to co-create the future of MayDay. You'll hear from Imagine Deliver what we've learned so far after engaging with more than 100 one on one interviews, four artist charrettes, and engaging neighbors at Open Streets.

You'll also be invited into ongoing opportunities to engage in the formation of a new MayDay model that is resilient, equitable, and decentralized. RSVP here!

Community Engagement

This summer, you are invited into a community engagement process to envision the future for HOBT and MayDay.

Your Input

Fill out this survey to help inform a more equitable, accessible, and shared MayDay!

In January, HOBT announced significant reductions to staff and programming. Though significantly diminished in capacity, HOBT remains committed to its vision of building creativity, empathy, and interconnection in its core neighborhoods. HOBT’s tens of thousands of supporters want us to continue our work. We believe transformational change is possible that will lead to a more resilient future organization.

Hundreds of thousands of people have participated in MayDay. It seems no exaggeration to say that a million or more people have been touched by HOBT’s work over 45 years.  HOBT has the support to continue impacting communities and the proposed work plan sets the organization on a more resilient path. 

As we look ahead to the future of the MayDay celebration, we need your voice. Share your thoughts about the festival in 2020 and beyond in this short survey. Thank you!

Learn More

Click below to read more, including a longer exploration of the challenges we are facing right now, and more.

Survey Results

300 people shared why they participate in MayDay, what they love about MayDay, and what they can imagine for MayDay’s future

Goals & Assumptions

Goals for HOBT to build an Equity Framework, to decentralize MayDay and to build a more resilient structure for the organization.

What will we build?

Our May announcement, outlining where we've been and what we hope to accomplish this summer.

Equity Statement

More about HOBT's ongoing commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

January Announcement

Announcing our plans to significantly reduce staff and programming in 2019

Challenges of Our Field

Much more detailed information about the challenges we, and many mid-sized arts organizations, face.

Letter from Sandy Spieler

About her decision to step down as MayDay Artistic Director

Frequently Asked Questions

More information about this difficult moment of transition.