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We are experiencing great changes in our community and country and planet. Our ancestors are calling to us to act.  Now is our time to RISE!  We rise with our roots in the earth and our arms fiercely sending our dreams to the sky. We hold our shared histories close to our ears for guidance. 

As the Board of Directors looks back on the past year, we celebrate the innovative work the staff and MayDay Council has accomplished. The MayDay Council developed inspiring new plans for a decentralized and accessible MayDay Parade. Staff and Board focused on centering BIPOC and Queer artist voices, dismantling patterns of oppression, and increasing transparency and accountability to our community. 

We move into this next phase of transformation with courage and the utmost care. We are determined that social justice roots will keep a stronghold on Lake Street during this crucial time in our local and national history. We will continue to strategize towards a Spring where MayDay will again blossom joyously in the streets.

We are committed to you, our community. We ask for your support during a time when your contribution is more important than ever.

We invite you to be part of this wave of change and RISE with us! 

                    —HOBT Board of Directors 

Become a SeedKeeper!

As a monthly donor, you tend to the seed each month, ensuring that it sprouts year after year. Your monthly gift ensures a healthy and thriving MayDay Celebration for years to come.

Why give monthly?

PAPERLESS! You can choose to no longer receive our paper appeal mailings! You will receive one statement in January with a summary of your giving history for tax purposes (and your annual magnet).

Smaller monthly contributions! Do you normally give $100 a year? Break that down to a manageable $9 a month donation and you have hit your $100 mark (actually its $108, for you math geniuses out there). This is a great way to make your donations more financially manageable, while also ensuring reliable support for HOBT throughout the year.

Invite your community to donate with you. We encourage you to set a goal and call on your community to help meet it. By sharing the work of tending the seeds, you can empower yourself and your network to participate in building a stronger, sustainable, and vibrant system in support of MayDays to come. Here's how!

Rooted In Resource

Rooted in Resource is an online community map highlighting local businesses, community organizations, and artists in the Powderhorn and Philips neighborhoods.

This is a chance for our neighbors to tell our stories in our own voices, and provide ways to come together and support each other in this challenging moment.

We have been reflecting on the great need to be connecting and supporting one another during this challenging time.

And so, Rooted In Resource Community Map was born, as part of a strategy to help HOBT and our neighbors become more deeply connected and rooted in resilience, mutual reliance, and interconnection.

This is just the beginning! We’ll continue to add stories throughout the weeks and months to come.

Donate to support the archive project

In celebration of In the Heart of the Beast’s 45 years, and the artistic leadership of Sandy Spieler, we are excited to launch the HOBT Archive Project.

The Archive Project is a fundraiser to properly document and display puppets, scripts, videos, and photos of work that's been done by hundreds of artists and thousands of community members at HOBT over the past 45 years.

Funds raised through this initiative will help pay a team, including longtime HOBT Artistic Director Sandy Spieler, to do the work of cataloging and organizing the work of the theatre. This work will include 45 years of MayDay, MainStage and Touring Performances, Ritual and Celebratory Events, Educational work (including residencies, exhibits, and installations), and of course, puppets! Make a gift today!


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Want to make a gift in memory of someone?

Either mail a check to the theater with a letter explaining your wishes - OR - make the gift online and email your instructions to us at [email protected]

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

Celebrating 45 years of MayDay

We give deep gratitude to all of you who have shaped, supported, and embodied the work of MayDay for so many years.

MayDay challenges us to envision the world as it could be and challenges us to step authentically into that vision. With ART as a tool, we are able to generate much joy, hold immense pain, weave community. We recognize that our very lives depend on finding each other, upholding each other.

In defiance of all that seeks to divide us, this act of building community is indeed sacred and transformative, complex, radical, and powerful.

Your support lays the foundation for the future of Mayday. Please contribute generously!

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
  • McKnight Foundation
  • Hugh J. Andersen Foundation
  • HRK Foundation
  • Target
  • 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

All photos by Max Haynes